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Duluth man faces prison for stabbing cabbie

Superior Telegram

A Duluth man will spend eight years in a Wisconsin prison for robbing a taxi driver and stabbing him with a knife.

Antonio Romeo Newman, 21, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court last week to one count of armed robbery.

The court sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment — eight years confinement and 12 years of extended supervision — and ordered him to pay $4,490 restitution.

Newman was ordered to have no contact with the victim of the attack or the cab company he works for. He must also provide a DNA sample.

A count of aggravated battery was dismissed, but read in for sentencing.

Newman also pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of battery stemming from a 2011 incident and was sentenced to three days in jail, concurrent.

According to the criminal complaint:

Newman took a cab from a Tower Avenue business to North 28th Street the evening of Jan. 30. When the driver arrived at the address, Newman stabbed the cab driver, demanded money and ran off. The driver was stabbed in the chest and suffered lacerations to his left hand as he defended himself and pulled the knife away from Newman.