The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Alex Hribal, who was convicted of stabbing multiple victims in a 2014 attack, has been sentenced to 23 ½ to 60 years in prison for his crimes.
In April of 2014, Hribal, now 20, stabbed a security guard and 20 students in a hallway at Franklin Regional High School. Hribal pleaded guilty to 21 counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault in October of 2017. He was also fined more than $269,000. At the time of the attack, he was only 16. Four of the victims’ injuries were life-threatening, but they all survived their wounds.
Hribal’s defense team claimed that he was a victim of bullying, which caused him to carry out the attack, but the judge in the case rejected those claims. Judge Christopher Feliciani of the Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court stated that the sentence was a reflection of the seriousness of the offenses and the scars Hribal left his victims with. Feliciani also ordered Hribal to undergo mental health treatment while incarcerated.
In 2015, defense attorneys tried to get the case tried in juvenile court, which meant Hribal would be released at the age of 21. They also requested to enter a guilty but mentally ill plea; the judge denied both of these.
During the sentencing hearing, several victims spoke out about how Hribal had left emotional and physical scars, and wondered if he had any remorse for his actions. His parents also spoke about Hribal’s mental illness that wasn’t being treated properly at the time of the attacks. Hribal made a statement saying he hoped no one had to handle mental illness alone and blamed the attack on bullying.
He failed to give a reason as to why he chose to attack the 21 victims, and the prosecutor made a statement to media outlets that he has yet to express any remorse for the attacks.
*Photo credit Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette