- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln man who hit his roommate in the chest with a hatchet has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/2o7EFYB ) that 32-year-old Jhon Arbelaez was sentenced Thursday in Lancaster County District Court after he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and a weapons count.

Police say Arbelaez’s 38-year-old roommate woke up about 2 a.m. Oct. 3 to find Arbelaez had barricaded their front door. Arbelaez then threatened to kill the man before hitting him in the chest with a hatchet.

The two struggled, and the victim was cut in the head and neck with a kitchen knife before he escaped.

Police believed Arbelaez was mad at his roommate for calling police during a July disturbance in which Arbelaez hit and punched him.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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