Man gets up to 35 years in prison in Cheyenne stabbing case
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man convicted of stabbing his then-girlfriend, causing serious injuries, has been sentenced to up 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 originally charged with first-degree attempted murder late last summer but in August he pleaded no contest to attempted second-degree murder as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Cheyenne Police officers discovered the injured woman on Aug. 30, 2020, when they responded to reports that someone was crying for help from an apartment with blood around the door, according to court documents.
Inside they found the woman with stab wounds, as well as Brassard. She was taken to a hospital where medical staffers estimated that she had lost half of her blood volume. Police later learned the woman was stabbed and cut roughly 30 times on her legs, arms, chest and back, with one wound to her chest that sliced her spleen.
During the sentencing hearing on Friday, the woman said she lives in constant fear from 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 had some kind of childhood trauma that caused his heavy alcohol consumption, depression and past suicide attempts, as well as the violent incident in this case.
Froelicher said Brassard seemed to be genuinely remorseful, but said the crime was heinous and required a heavy punishment.