Hatchet defendant gets 7 years

first_imgOne of two transient men implicated in a hatchet attack in northern Clark County in December was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison.Meanwhile, prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence against his codefendant, Andre D. Kennedy, to go forward to trial and dismissed attempted murder charges against him. The 85-month sentence for Mathew M. Michaelson, 28, also resolves two other pending cases: a second-degree assault conviction of a police officer in September and a burglary conviction relating to an ATM theft in December.Initially charged with first-degree attempted murder in connection to the hatchet attack, Michaelson pleaded guilty May 27 to first-degree burglary. The charge relates to how Michaelson went to the trailer home of Gary Mathis to confront him about statements that Mathis made to police, implicating Michaelson in a car theft, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey.The morning of Dec. 14, Mathis called 911, reporting that two men had knocked at his door and then forcefully entered, attacking him with a small ax. He was rushed from his home in the 2500 block of Northeast 199th Street to a local hospital with lacerations and a concussion, according to court documents.last_img read more

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