20-year sentencing in University of Illinois professor’s stabbing

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URBANA, IL (AP) – An eastern Illinois man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for slashing the throat of a University of Illinois professor at a Champaign train station in 2011.

Joshua Scaggs of Fithian was sentenced Monday. The 26-year-old plead guilty last month to attempted first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Scaggs attacked 44-year-old law professor Dhammika Dharmapala in December 2011, stabbing him in the neck.

The News-Gazette reports that dozens of Dharmapala’s supporters crowded the courtroom during the sentencing hearing. Scaggs cried, apologizing to the professor and saying he was sorry for the pain he caused.

Dharmapala read a statement, describing the toll the attack has taken on him and his family.

Judge Harry Clem called the case “one of the most appalling crimes to ever come before this judge’s bench.”
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Information from: The News-Gazette