Athens man receives 3-year prison sentence for triple stabbing

An Athens man was recently sentenced to three years in prison and 10 years on probation for stabbing three people last year while he was under the influence of LSD.


Adam Scott Presley, 22, stabbed a friend, the friend’s brother and grandmother in the victims’ home on Meadow Lane on April 15 and was arrested soon after when he was found naked and bleeding inside the Lexington Road Walmart.

A grand jury returned a 10-count indictment that included multiple counts of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Presley pleaded guilty to all counts on Jan. 5 and was sentenced that same day by Superior Court Judge Eric Norris under the First Offender Act, which means Presley could be exonerated of all charges if he successfully completes his sentence, according to the sentencing document.

Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ken Mauldin said his office had sought a sentence of 10 years in prison and 15 years on probation.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, police responded to the victims’ home shortly after midnight April 15 on a report that two people had been stabbed.

When officers arrived they found a 28-year-old man sitting on the front porch, with a lot of blood on his back and covering the porch. He was having difficulty breathing and unable to say who had stabbed him, police said.

After cutting off the man’s shirt police saw that he had sustained multiple stab wounds to his back, one of which punctured his lung, police said.

As the victim was being taken away from the home in an ambulance, police said his 27-year-old brother came out of the house holding a bloody towel to his face that covered a “large slice” that went from between his eyebrows to the area of his right eye, according to the police report.

He identified the offender as Presley, his brother’s friend, police said.

He told police that he had gone into his brother’s room upon hearing sounds of fighting and his brother yelling at Presley to “get out.” Presley attacked him immediately upon entering his brother’s room, according to the police report.

Police said Presley already was under the influence of LSD when he arrived at the victims’ home to visit.

“(Presley) just lost it,” Athens-Clarke County police Capt. Jerry Saulters said at the time.

Police were still on the scene investigating when they received a call about a bleeding, naked man walking around inside Walmart on Lexington Road. After arresting the offender, police determined Presley was bleeding from a cut he sustained when breaking out the window of a car in Walmart’s parking lot.

“Mr. Presley, while being assessed by EMS, told medical personal on scene that he was under the influence of LSD and admitted that he stabbed several people and commented that ‘there is nothing wrong with that,’” according to the police report.

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