Trucker Gets 20 Years in Prison for Attempted Murder of Co-Driver
Burlington County, NJ – A North Carolina trucker was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison stemming from his role in a truck stop stabbing last year.
The incident occurred on the morning of Oct. 12, 2018 at a Petro Stopping Center located on Rising Sun Road in Bordentown Township.
Trucker Christopher Teeter, 42, of Wilmington, North Carolina, became upset with his co-driver Paul Stephens Jr., 41, of Decatur, Georgia, over the lack of cleanliness inside the semi-truck they were traveling in.
An argument ensued between the two men resulting in Teeter stabbing Stephens in the abdomen and chest several times.
Stephens was found inside the truck stop bleeding and suffering from stab wounds at approximately 9:15 a.m., court documents say.
He was transported to a nearby hospital in Trenton where he underwent successful surgery to save his life, according to authorities.
Police questioned Teeter and he later admitted the two men argued and he stabbed Stephens numerous times during the altercation.
Teeter was then arrested.
In August of this year, a Burlington County Superior Court jury found Teeter guilty of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree aggravated assault, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
On Friday, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office announced Teeter has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
Teeter must serve a minimum of 17 years before he can become eligible for parole.