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Oregon Schizophrenic Gets 7.5 Years for Stabbing Guard

A schizophrenic Oregon criminal defendant was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for stabbing a jail guard in the face with a pencil.

On August 7, 2011, Washington County Jail (WCJ) guard Adam Slater, then 27, was working at a desk when detainee Alejandro Arenas Martinez, then 20, snuck up behind him and stabbed him twice in the cheek and once near the ear with a pencil, according to Sergeant David Thompson, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman .

When Slater began fighting Martinez off, Alfonso Martinez, Jr., then 31, joined in the attack, said Thompson and Washington County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rob Bletko.

Three other unidentified prisoners jumped in to protect Slater from the assailants. He was treated for puncture wounds to his face and returned to work, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

It was not clear if the attackers are related, but they are certainly co-defendants. At the time of the attack, Alfonso Martinez was facing only a probation violation. Alejandro Martinez had been in custody on attempted murder charges for stabbing acquaintance Carlos Corona-Soto, in March 2011.

Psychiatrists at the Oregon State Hospital determined that Alejandro Martinez is schizophrenic. They concluded, however, that he was able to aid and assist in his defense, Bletko said. It is not clear if the attack on either Corona-Soto or Slater was precipitated by Martinez's schizophrenia but jail officials offered no other reason for the attack.

Alejandro Martinez pleaded guilty to attempted murder for stabbing Corona-Soto and to assault in the second degree for stabbing Slater. Both convictions carry mandatory minimum prison terms.

On June 19, 2012, Alejandro Martinez was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for both convictions. It is not clear if Alfonso Martinez has been convicted of stabbing Slater.

Source: The Oregonian

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