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.