Eskew pleaded guilty Feb. 3 in Allen Superior Court to an amended count of aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony.
The incident started when a group of friends met for drinks June 9 at a residence. An argument quickly turned to a physical altercation between parties, and police were called to break up the group, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Eskew admitted he read the Facebook post of one of his friends who was involved in the altercation and called her to find out what had happened.
She told him she was hit several times in the face — allegedly by the victim — after a verbal argument turned physical. Eskew allegedly told his friend he would "knock some sense into him," and waited outside the victim's house until he left for work June 10.
The victim testified Friday he was still having issues after being attacked by a man he had never seen before in his life. He continues to have lung/breathing problems and lost his job because of his injuries, which included a punctured liver and losing 1 1/2 liters of blood. He almost lost his house and has had health scares at his new job.
"He knew what time I went to work," the victim said. "It seems he's getting a slap on the wrist."
The victim said he ignored Eskew initially and tried to leave for work. Eskew broke the driver's-side mirror of the victim's car to get the victim to stop his car. After the ninth stab wound, the victim retreated inside his residence. He said there was blood dripping everywhere.
Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Christine Neilson said Eskew waited for his victim to leave for work when he "shanked" the victim with a knife.
Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck said while he was concerned about the role the woman played by making the Facebook post, the attack came out of nowhere. "I cannot ignore the viciousness of this attack," Surbeck said. "The victim tried to ignore him by driving away. Nobody understands where this came from."
Eskew, who has two days' jail credit, also was ordered to pay $27,874.43 in restitution.