March 27, 2018

Frisco man to serve 25 years for stabbing outside restaurant

Outer Banks Voice

A Frisco man will serve at least 25 years in state prison, after being found guilty of stabbing a man during an altercation in January 2017 outside a Nags Head restaurant.

A Dare County jury delivered the verdict last week against Patrick Griggs, 55, on charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The incident happened the night of Jan. 26, 2017 in the 4900 block of South Croatan Highway. An argument started inside the restaurant, then moved to the parking lot where the stabbing occurred, according to Nags Head Police.

Christopher Michael Whitehead, 45, of Nags Head, suffered a stab wound to the face and was initially taken to The Outer Banks Hospital by a restaurant employee, then was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with critical injuries.

Griggs and Miranda Nicole Krawchuk, 25, both from Frisco, were arrested after they were located by Nags Head Police and Dare County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Miriam Lane in Wanchese several hours later.

Superior Court Judge Wayland Sermons Jr. sentenced Griggs to a minimum of 207 months and a maximum of 261 months for the attempted murder count.

On the assault charge, Sermons imposed a minimum of sentence of 96 months and a maximum of 128 months, and ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.

Krawcuk was charged at the time with being an accessory after the fact. The status of that case is still pending.

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