UPDATE: Salisbury man convicted of stabbing victim with a machete

Gregory Sterling, 60, Salisbury

A Salisbury man, who was accused of assaulting another man with a machete, was found guilty on all counts in Wicomico County, on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office, 60-year-old Gregory Sterling of Salisbury, was convicted on all counts for stabbing Stephen Byrd with a machete in Fruitland, on May 2, 2016.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said at the time that they responded to Disharoon Road on Monday, May 2 around 7:30 AM, for the report of an assault. Investigators met with Byrd who had numerous cuts to his body, after being stabbed. He was treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Sterling was found near the crime scene with blood on his clothing. Witnesses said that he saw Byrd lying on the ground under a trailer and that Byrd was covered in blood, while Sterling was standing on the opposite side of the trailer, holding a large machete.

Detectives also said at the time that the stabbing appeared to be financially related and that Byrd suffered injuries to his left arm, chest lacerations and extensive internal injuries. At the time, Sterling was charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault and wear and carry a deadly weapon- machete.

47 ABC later spoke with Byrd who said that Sterling stabbed him twice with a machete and then looked at him and said, I'm going to rob you and kill you. That happened after Byrd gave Sterling a part time job and a place to rest his head.

Officials tell 47 ABC that a pre-sentence investigation has been ordered.

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