FOX News reports that an assault victim in Connecticut has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for stabbing his attacker. Jeffrey Sumpter, 21, was assaulted by three juveniles while at work when he stabbed one of them. He was sentenced Monday at a Stamford courthouse.
Sumpter was convicted of felony first-degree assault, and was also sentenced to three years of probation to follow his release from prison. If he gets into any legal trouble during that time, he will have to serve up to 42 months in prison.
Sumpter was an employee at Dunkin’ Donuts in Norwalk when he was jumped by three juvenile males last October. He stabbed one of them in the leg, and testified that he was defending himself. The judge agreed with him, but had to follow the law in his sentencing, which in Connecticut says that assault victims cannot use deadly force if they are able to retreat from their attackers. Conversely, 27 other states have passed “stand-your-ground” laws, which enable citizens to use force when defending themselves if there is a reasonable belief of threat.
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