A Solon Township man has been sentenced to 9 months in prison for pulling a knife on a man and using a racial slur during the confrontation.
Eric Scott Pierson, 50, reportedly approached a black male inside Huck’s Corners, at the corner of 17 Mile and White Creek in Solon Township, on December 30, called him “dark chocolate” and asked him how he was doing. The man ignored Pierson, which police said upset the suspect. He then pulled out a knife and threatened the victim with it. The store owner separated the men, and the victim left. But when the victim returned to finish his shopping, Pierson approached him again with a knife and used a racial slur, saying “This (slur) isn’t supposed to be here. This is our town.”
The victim, who had a permit for a concealed weapon, then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Pierson and told him to get away.
Pierson pleaded no contest in March to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon (felony assault), ethnic intimidation, being a habitual offender-3rd offense.
Pierson was sentenced by Judge Johnston, in 17th Circuit Court, on Tuesday, May 15, to nine months in jail with one day credit, 60 months probation, and court costs and fines.