Man sentenced to jail time, anger management after stabbing at the Cowboy Bar
JACKSON (WNE) — Teton County District Court Judge Timothy Day sentenced Manuel Vargas to 180 days in jail for an August brawl at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Vargas will be credited with the 83 days he has already served and will have one year of supervised probation, including an anger management and mental health assessment, upon his release.
Vargas was convicted in Teton County District Court of aggravated assault, battery and reckless endangerment. He entered a plea of no contest to the misdemeanor offenses of battery and reckless endangering.
Police arrested Vargas on Aug. 18 for allegedly stabbing one person, trying to stab another and punching a third at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
At around 12:45 a.m. a Cowboy Bar manager called police dispatch to report a fight inside the bar, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Jackson Police Officer Stephen O’Donnell.
One man told officers that Vargas punched him in the mouth, then tackled him to the ground on the dance floor.
While Vargas was being restrained he allegedly pulled out a 3-inch utility knife and attempted to cut a second alleged victim, according to the affidavit. Cowboy Bar staff managed to take the knife away from Vargas, but not before a third man found a 1-inch laceration on his right thigh from the knife.
Upon arriving at the bar, police officers found Vargas facedown on the dance floor being restrained by several Cowboy Bar staff members, the affidavit states.