Bly admits to stabbing Fiala at Homecoming

A Fort Dodge teenager has admitted to stabbing another teen at a dance party last year.

Max Bly, 18, of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty Monday morning in Webster County District Court to felony charges of willful injury causing bodily injury and going armed with intent.

“I stabbed him,” Bly told Judge Gary McMinimee after being asked what happened on Oct. 5, 2013.

Bly identified the victim as Lucas Fiala, 18, of Knierim.

The incident happened at the Fort Dodge Senior High Homecoming Dance, and both Bly and Fiala were 17 at the time of the stabbing.

McMinimee then asked Bly more questions to clarify exactly what happened.

“You stabbed him with a knife?” McMinimee asked.

“A pocket knife,” Bly said.

“Did you stab Mr. Fiala on Oct. 5, 2013, with the specific purpose of causing him a serious injury?”

“Yes, sir.”

According to Bly, Fiala lost a kidney as a result of the stabbing.

After being stabbed in the back, Fiala was first taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center before being airlifted to Des Moines for additional treatment. At the time, Fiala’s injuries were only described as “internal.”

McMinimee accepted both of Bly’s guilty pleas, and scheduled sentencing for May 12. He faces up to 10 years in prison, and could also be required to pay restitution to the Crime Victims Assistance Division.

Bly will remain free on bond until sentencing.