- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 30-year-old man who pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault in a 2013 attack that injured two Snohomish, Washington, brothers has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The Daily Herald reports (https://is.gd/mEarj3) that Tristan Smith was sentenced Monday.

Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Chris Dickinson called it a crime without a motive.

Rustin and Yvette Klein’s three sons, aged 13, 22 and 23, were at a playfield when Smith and a girlfriend approached and words were exchanged. The victims told police that Smith attacked the oldest brother with a baton. The victims yelled for their youngest brother to run. Prosecutors say Smith then stabbed the oldest brother in the chest. Court documents say the middle brother ran to help and was attacked by the girlfriend and by Smith. The brothers managed to walk home, covered in blood.

The Herald says the girlfriend was recently sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to two assault counts.

Smith apologized to the Klein family, saying he was high on heroin at the time.


Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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