Community College Settles Lawsuit Filed by Stabbing Victim

BEND, Ore. (AP) – A student who was repeatedly stabbed in the back on Halloween night in 2014 has received a cash settlement from Central Oregon Community College.

The college announced the settlement Tuesday, but the amount has yet to be revealed.

The Bend Bulletin reports that James Briles initially sought $500,000 in economic damages and noneconomic damages of $2.5 million.

Originally from Benton County, Briles said the college failed to accommodate his request for a new roommate when his started exhibiting strange and scary behavior.

The lawsuit said Briles was stabbed about a dozen times, spent six days in the hospital and underwent multiple surgeries.

The alleged attacker, Eric Norgaard, faces charges of attempted murder and other crimes. His trial has been scheduled for September.

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