Cuyahoga County

Army veteran suffering from PTSD sentenced to 12 years for vicious stabbing

10/30/2014 2:33:00 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A mentally wounded veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will serve 12 years in prison for viciously attacking three people last year, leaving them with lifelong scars.

Matthew Cepik's actions, which he blamed on a post-traumatic stress-induced blackout, severely maimed his former girlfriend, her mother and a houseguest visiting from Armenia when he broke into a Mayfield Heights condo in September 2013 and repeatedly stabbed them with an Army knife.

After the attack, Cepik fled and was struck by a box truck on U.S. 422.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty last month to charges including three counts of attempted murder.

Multiple reports from psychiatric experts documenting Cepik's mental state played into the decision for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office and Cepik's defense attorney to negotiate the sentence, which Common Pleas Judge Robert McClelland imposed Thursday.

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