Man gets 16 years for stabbing strangers

October 15, 2008 5:28:32 PM PDT
A Georgia man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for stabbing two strangers with a fistful of long-handled kitchen knives before being shot by an off-duty police officer in Manhattan. State Supreme Court Justice Rena Uviller said during Wednesday's sentencing that Lee Coleman was a tragic example of a mentally ill person who refused to take psychoactive medicine but should be required to.

The Rome, Ga., man pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault.

Coleman launched the random attack in October 2007 after an argument at a midtown store. Police said he stormed into a restaurant kitchen, grabbing at knives and slashing restaurant worker Amansit Singh in the face. Outside, Coleman slashed Susan Baron repeatedly while she walked her dog.

Officer Gregory Chin saw the attack and shot the 38-year-old Coleman in the torso. Both victims recovered.

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