Man gets 35 years in prison in Cheyenne stabbing case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A man convicted of stabbing his then girlfriend, causing serious injury, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

District Judge Peter Froelicher sentenced Anthony Brassard to 25 to 35 years in prison on Friday, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported. Brassard was initially charged with attempted first degree murder late last summer, but in August he argued unchallenged to attempted second degree murder as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Police officers in Cheyenne discovered the injured woman on August 30, 2020, when they responded to reports that someone was screaming for help from an apartment with blood around the door, court documents show.

Inside, they found the woman with stab wounds, as well as Armband. She was taken to a hospital where medical staff estimated that she had lost half of her blood volume. Police later learned that the woman had been stabbed and cut about 30 times on her legs, arms, chest and back, with a chest wound that severed her spleen.

At the sentencing hearing on Friday, the woman said she lived in constant fear of the attack.

“Please don’t make my survival worthless,” she said, addressing the judge.

Brassard did not address the court directly. His public defender Brandon Booth noted that he had no criminal history and said he had taken responsibility for his actions. Booth said he believed Brassard suffered some sort of trauma as a child that caused his heavy drinking, depression and previous suicide attempts, as well as the violent incident in this case.

Froelicher said Brassard seemed to genuinely have remorse, but said the crime was heinous and required a heavy sentence.

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