A man has been sentenced to three years in prison this week for stabbing a tourist from Mexico in a downtown Vancouver Tim Hortons.
The random, unprovoked attack was captured on security cameras and shared with the public by Vancouver police.
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The victim, Miguel Angel Zepeda Machorro, was putting on his jacket near the doorway of the Harbour Centre Tim Hortons around 6:30 am on January 22 when the stranger viciously attacked him from behind.
“I sincerely thought I was going to die,” he wrote in Spanish on a GoFundMe page for his recovery. “This aggression was without any provocation on my part.”
The injuries were initially classified as life-threatening because the knife punctured Machorro’s lungs, but he’s expected to recover.
The attacker, 28-year-old David Morin, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on Tuesday. He received a three year prison sentence, according to a Vancouver Police Department news release issued Wednesday.