LAPORTE COUNTY | A Michigan City man is now serving a 19-year prison sentence for stabbing a woman 34 times. The woman survived.
James Frederick Smith III, 27, was sentenced Friday in LaPorte Circuit Court on two counts of Class B felony and Class C felony aggravated battery.
According to court documents, Sarah Levenhagen suffered punctured lungs and other injuries in the May 2011 attack at a home in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Levenhagen told police she gave Smith $200 to hold for her but later after asking him for the money back he claimed to have lost it.
He then came at her with a knife and began stabbing her, according to court records.
Her mother, Susan Levenhagen and aunt, Mary Sellers, were also cut but not as seriously when the women tried stopping Smith, according to court documents.