December 2, 2021

Man indicted in city stabbing

A Cortland man was indicted Thursday by a grand jury with three felonies after police said he stabbed two men in downtown Cortland on Aug. 29.

Matthew Sky Hewitt, also referred to in court documents as Mathew, was indicted and faces trial on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and third-degree assault, felonies.

Police said Hewitt, 27, used a butterfly-style knife to stab Jonathan Jeffrey, 23, several times in the chest, abdomen, side and buttocks. He is also accused of stabbing Sgt. Jake Garrett, 24, a U.S. Marine who intervened to stop the two men who had been fighting.

Cortland County Court documents state that Hewitt “intentionally stabbed Jonathan Jeffrey multiple times with a dangerous instrument consisting of a knife, which did cause serious physical injury.” Jeffrey had been placed in a medically induced coma because of his injuries. He has since been released from the hospital, said Lt. Michael Strangeway.

Hewitt was charged with second-degree assault because by intentionally seeking to cause harm to Jeffrey he injured a third person — Garrett — causing him to suffer “impairment of physical condition and substantial pain,” the documents state.

The third indictment came about because the grand jury found Hewitt possessed a dangerous weapon — the knife — with the intention to use it against another person.

Police said they were flagged down by a pedestrian about 10 p.m. Aug. 29 near 99 Main St. to respond to the stabbings. Statements to police said the fight between the two men began after Hewitt asked Jeffrey’s girlfriend’s daughter, 18-year-old Kayt Felko for photos of her breasts.

Jeffrey said he knew Hewitt was a sex offender and that he “would never let Kayt date a guy like that.”

After that, Jeffrey went to find Hewitt, who was walking with Felko and others, to confront him about the texts.

Jeffrey said Hewitt “started flipping out and got in my face.”

Jeffrey said he pushed Hewitt away but then blacked out. “I do that sometimes when I’m upset,” he said.

He said he doesn’t remember anything until Garrett, a Marine Corps sergeant working at the Armed Forces Career Center broke them up and told him he had been stabbed.

Garrett told police that there were multiple fights outside the recruiting center — one between Hewitt and Jeffrey and another between Betty Ann Rogers and Felko.

Garrett said he intervened when Hewitt and Jeffrey started arguing, but the two men were maneuvering around him fighting.

“They wound up on the ground fighting,” he said.

He said Hewitt took off running and Jeffrey tried to chase after him and that is when he noticed Jeffrey had been stabbed and proceeded to help him. It wasn’t until the ambulance arrived that Garrett noticed he had been stabbed, too, on his right leg.

Other statements to police said Hewitt had shown people a silver butterfly knife earlier that day.

Witness Linda Moore told police that she saw Hewitt stab Jeffrey.