A man is opening up for the first time since his stepson chased him into a Gastonia restaurant and stabbed him in the chest. He talked to Eyewitness News Tuesday night, just after his stepson was sentenced to prison.
Curtis Braddy walked out of the Gaston County Jail Tuesday, feeling what he described as a bit of closure.
“I feel bad, and in another way, I feel like the justice system, I guess they've done their part now,” he said.
Braddy sat face-to-face with his stepson, Steven Lynn, who was sentenced to 63 months in jail Tuesday for stabbing Braddy in the chest in the middle of a fast-food restaurant in November.
“He feels bad about what he done. He said he don't know why he done it, but he just wished he had not,” Braddy said.
It sounded similar to what Lynn told a judge in court on Nov. 21.
“It was a stupid moment last night. I shouldn't have done what I done,” he said at the time.
Lynn said he blacked out and didn't remember running into a Hardee's restaurant and stabbing his stepfather with a pocket knife.
Braddy showed Eyewitness News the scars that remain after undergoing open-heart surgery.
“I'm going (to) have this forever,” he said.
And he told Eyewitness News how the near-fatal injury put him out of work.
“(It’s) been real, real hard on me,” Braddy said.
But he said even though he has that reminder of that night, he doesn't have any hard feelings.
“I'm not going to hold any grudges against him,” he said. “I just hope he gets his life straight."