Carnival Cruise Passenger Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Fellow Passenger with Glass

A Carnival Cruise ship passenger, Michael Truman, has pleaded guilty to assaulting a fellow passenger with a dangerous weapon during a theater show on the Carnival Magic liner. The incident occurred on October 20, off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Truman, a 39-year-old resident of Portsmouth, Virginia, was sitting on a barstool during the production of “Flick” when he became loud and appeared intoxicated.

Another passenger, identified as “J.H.” in court documents, asked Truman to quiet down. However, Truman refused to comply even after being asked again. Frustrated, J.H. attempted to find an employee to address the situation. As he tried to walk by Truman, the accused suddenly picked up his cocktail glass and smashed it into J.H.’s face. Truman then proceeded to physically assault J.H., causing facial cuts that required approximately 16 stitches.

Security personnel later found Truman in his cabin, shirtless and holding a towel in his right hand, which was actively bleeding from a laceration. Truman claimed that he had been clapping loudly during the show, and a stranger had asked him to stop. He further alleged that he only hit J.H. in self-defense after the passenger swung at him first. However, Truman could not recall what he used to strike J.H. and claimed ignorance about the cut on his hand. He admitted to consuming three or four alcoholic drinks that day and offered to remain in his room for the remainder of the cruise.

A broken old fashioned/lowball cocktail glass was discovered near the scene of the assault. On February 15, Truman pleaded guilty to assaulting the fellow passenger with a dangerous weapon. He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 29 and could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

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