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Defendant reaches plea deal in summer stabbing

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July 24, 2012 July 24, 2012

There will be no trial for the curious assault case which transpired in DeSoto this past summer.

Sautuwaira Thomas accepted a plea deal Tuesday for the assault on his wife, LaTarsha Thomas, in her DeSoto home on July 24. Rather than face a trial with the possibility of life in prison, Sautuwaira agreed to a plea deal of 20 years in prison, with a minimum sentence of 10 years.

LaTarsha Thomas made it clear she still loved her husband and did not want him to face charges.

Thomas was prepared to go so far as to testify on his behalf and say she was responsible for her husband nearly stabbing her to death.

"I think the marriage had been pretty violent on both sides. She had had assaults against him and she understood she may have provoked this incident. Even though there's no justification for what he did," said defense attorney, Carl Hays.

Sautuwaira crashed his SUV into his wife's home on Faircrest Drive. There were no injuries in the collision, but he proceeded to leave the vehicle and stab LeTarsha 18 times. LaTarsha survived the attack and has since left the home.

Sautuwaira faced five years to life had he stood trial. He had no prior felony convictions.

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