Man convicted of manslaughter for fatal stabbing incident in Cortland

A man who fatally stabbed a male victim in 2021 was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in Cortland County Court on Friday.

Harold John Young, a 57-year old man who is a former village of McGraw resident, was found guilty of all charges by a jury Friday afternoon. He was also convicted of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Young, originally charged with second-degree murder in October 2021, stabbed David O. Sears-Lopez with a knife on Maple Avenue in the city of Cortland. Sears-Lopez, an ex-boyfriend of one of Young’s daughters, got into an argument with Young that turned physical.

Sears-Lopez suffered a stab wound from the incident. He was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse from Guthrie Cortland Medical Center for further emergency treatment. Following unsuccessful surgery, Sears-Lopez died from the stab wound.

Young’s sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 13 at county court. He is currently being held at Cortland County Jail without bail.