A Voorhees businessman was sentenced to probation Friday for stabbing another man during a 2005 melee between two rival factions inside a Sikh Temple in Springfield.
Almajit Gill, 41, of Voorhees, received a three-year probationary sentence from Superior Court Judge Thomas Smith Jr.
Gill recently pleaded guilty to aggravated assault during a fight after a service and inside the Gurdwara Sahib Temple, which has remained closed by a separate court order.
Three men were injured. Gill was one of two men charged after the fight.
Attorney Stephen Raymond said his client entered the fight after a co-defendant in the case -- Karj Sandhu -- pulled out a ceremonial dagger and stabbed a 17-year-old juvenile who was a friend of Gill.
Raymond said Gill and another man were then stabbed, prompting Gill to take a blunt ceremonial knife displayed in the temple and in self defense strike Sandhu twice. Gill, whom Raymond said owns gas stations, made no comment at sentencing. Meanwhile, sentencing for Sandhu, 41, of Yardley, Pa., is scheduled for March 2, also for aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty earlier this week and could be sent to jail for up to 270 days.