MONTICELLO – A 22-year-old Wurtsboro man was sentenced in Sullivan County Court to 15 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision on his guilty plea for stabbing a stranger in the person’s home in the Town of Mamakating.
District Attorney Meagan Galligan said Brian Scott had asked the victim if he could use the bathroom in his home on February 3, 2022 and when he came out of the bathroom, he was armed with a knife and began stabbing the victim, causing cuts to his head.
Scott fled the scene, and a neighbor came to the aid of the victim while other neighbors kept police informed of Scott’s location. He was taken into custody nearby by state troopers.
Scott plead guilty after his legal team argued that he had been unmedicated in connection with a mental health infirmity at the time he committed the crime.
After hearing statements from the victim and a member of the victim’s family, as well as arguments by the prosecution and defense, County Court Judge Jim Farrell sentenced Scott, consistent with the DA’s recommendation, to the 15 years in prison.
“The victim’s generosity led to this horrible attack. Although he has physically recovered, the mental and emotional toll of this offense is everlasting,” said Galligan.