14 year sentence for Burney man who stabbed brother in chest

BURNEY, Calif. — Accused of stabbing his brother in the chest during a domestic disturbance at his elderly parent’s residence earlier this year, a Burney man pleaded guilty in court last week, according to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.

He is expected to be handed down a 14 year prison term at his sentencing next month, DA officials have reported.


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46-year-old, Alan Herrington, was arrested Feb. 3, after officials learned he had stabbed his brother, identified at the time as Ken Herrington.

Witnesses to the violent encounter, which happened on the 20000 block of Hudson St., told investigating deputies Alan was intoxicated and became involved in an argument with Ken, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marc St.Clair reported at the time.

Alan Herrington, 46, of Burney, is expected to be sentenced to 14 years in state prison after pleading guilty May 21 to stabbing his brother in the chest with a large kitchen knife. The violent incident happened during a February domestic violence related disturbance at his elderly parent’s home. SCSO photo

At some point during the argument, Ken asked Alan to accompany him outside the residence, “because he was concerned about their elder parents still in the home,” according to the Sgt.

“Alan Herrington then grabbed a large knife from a knife block in the kitchen and stabbed Ken Herrington in the center of his chest … then fled on foot from the residence,” explained St.Clair; who did not specify what caused the argument and ultimately led to the stabbing.

The victim was airlifted to a Redding hospital where he was treated for his traumatic injuries and has since been released, said DA officials.

After investigating the violent incident, deputies assigned to Shasta County Sheriff’s Burney Sub-Station arrested Alan and he was later booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of attempted murder and other related charges.

Although Herrington – who already had a prior strike conviction – was facing attempted murder charges, during his May 21 court proceeding he pleaded guilty to lesser charges of assault with a deadly weapon while admitting that he caused the victim to suffer great bodily injury.

Alan is expected to be sentenced to 14 years in state prison during his next court hearing, which is scheduled for June 25, DA officials reported after the guilty plea and conviction.

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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.