Kansas man who stabbed his wife sentenced to probation

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The man who stabbed his wife at a Lawrence motel will serve intensive probation.

Navinkumar Patel, of Shawnee, was sentenced Thursday to five years and eight months of probation in Johnson County. He stabbed his wife twice in the abdomen at a Super 8 Motel in June 2015. He pleaded no contest to attempted second-degree murder and criminal threat.

Douglas County District Court Judge Robert Fairchild’s sentence came after a doctor who performed a mental health evaluation said Patel was unlikely to re-offend — if he stops drinking and takes medication.

The Lawrence Journal reports testimony indicated Patel suffers from bipolar disorder.

His attorney, John Kerns, told Fairchild that in Patel’s Hindu culture, his wife and children would also suffer if he were sentenced to prison.



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