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Matwyuk guilty of one count of attempted murder
He faces up to 53 years in prison

Philip Matwyuk

Philip Matwyuk

KINGMAN - A jury convicted Philip Steven Matwyuk of 10 of the 12 charges he faced on Friday, including one charge of attempted murder.

Jurors found him guilty of stabbing Michael Hennings on June 2, 2012. Henning nearly died from his wounds. He was not convicted of two other counts of attempted murder for stabbing a former girlfriend and her sister.

Matwyuk faces between seven and 53 years in prison when he's sentenced March 3.

Matwyuk sat with his head bowed while the verdicts were read. Family members sat grim-faced behind him.

Victims Alicia Dena and Kayla Gisewhite sat across the aisle and held hands.

Matwyuk stabbed the two sisters and Hennings multiple times, but the injuries to the women were relatively minor compared to those sustained by Hennings, and perhaps didn't rise in jurors' minds to the level of premeditated attempted murder.

However, jurors agreed that Matwyuk inflicted injuries on three of his victims and threatened to harm a babysitter who was in the home at the time of the attack.

Jurors also convicted him of eight counts of aggravated assault - two of them misdemeanors - and a count of burglary.

For more on this story, see Sunday's Daily Miner.


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