Hillcrest Stabber Not Laughing Any More

Couple both survive 2007 attack

A man who stabbed a couple walking in Hillcrest in broad daylight learned his fate Monday.

Jared Jacobson, 32, was found guilty in September of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and allegations that he used a knife and caused great bodily injury in 2007. On Monday, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Caroline and Donald Stewart were attacked in broad daylight outside of a CVS pharmacy on Feb. 4, 2007.

Jacobson had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The attack took place while he was on parole for assaulting a police officer. Jacobson was also convicted of allegations that he used a knife and caused great bodily injury.  He was acquitted of torture charges in the case. 

During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Melissa Vasel told jurors the defendant came up behind the couple to attack them, then sat on the curb and watched them bleed.  After his arrest, she said Jacobson told police, "It's so easy to shank people," and, "It went in like butter."

Defense attorney Troy Britt told jurors his client was schizophrenic and did not intend to hurt anyone.

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