|Published:||Apr 29, 2013 11:00 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 29, 2013 4:38 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The man accused of breaking into a woman's home and stabbing her repeatedly, will spend 15 years in prison. John Maatsch took a plea offered by the State.
It was far less time than Maatsch techically could have faced, had this case gone to trial. The original charges carried a double life sentence, but an offer from the State gives Maatsch, what Judge Thomas Reese called, a chance to have "some life" after paying for his crime.
Maatsch entered the courtroom looking considerably thinner than he did four months ago when he was arrested. Maatsch plead no contest to burglary and attempted murder for breaking into Tracey Marazzi's Paseo subdivision home and stabbing her multiple times, the day after Christmas.
Defense attorney Scott Moorey and the victim said the sentence is one both sides are happy with.
- 10 whales dead, dozens stranded in Everglades
- Suspect in custody after Orlando-area school shooting
- 'Hazmat situation' determined not suspicious
- Support for smack cam victim grows, victim responds
- Water main break blocks Hancock Bridge Pkwy near US 41
- Alamo gun range set to open in February in Naples
- Toddler apparently drowned in canal
- Woman charged with DUI, crashing into school bus
- New marina, dry boat storage facility in Cape Coral
- Grace Church's worm farms help students with special needs