GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A Grand Island man who stabbed his girlfriend outside St. Mary Cathedral in May was sentenced Thursday to 30 to 40 years in prison.
Aslin Nabarro, 41, pleaded guilty in August to attempted second-degree murder. In exchange, charges of using a knife to commit a felony and two counts of felony child abuse were dismissed.
The charges stem from a May 17 confrontation with Mirna Medina-Colocho outside St. Mary Cathedral. The couple argued before Nabarro pulled out a knife and stabbed Medina-Colocho 20 times in the upper torso and head.
He then cut his own throat and fled. He collapsed less than a block away.
Before being sentenced Thursday, Nabarro asked for forgiveness.
“I regret what I did,” he said through an interpreter in Hall County District Court. “I know I have to pay for this. I know it's my fault. Please forgive me. It won't happen again in my life. I'm sorry.”
But Hall County Attorney Mark Young said that because Nabarro committed his “vicious behavior” out of jealousy, there was little chance for rehabilitation.
“He was obsessed with the thought that he was being cheated on,” Young said. “There is no way to ensure the next time he gets obsessed over someone he won't grab a knife.”
Young also said that Nabarro admitted to drinking that day from about 3 a.m. until the attack late that morning.
Under state sentencing guidelines, Nabarro must serve 15 years before becoming eligible for parole and 20 years before release.