Man sentenced for butcher knife attack

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CEDAR HILLS -- A Cedar Hills man will spend at least five years in prison for attacking his roommate with a butcher knife in December of 2008, the Daily Herald reports.

Karl Luedecke, 22, pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted murder in August -- nearly two years after he attacked his roommate and tried to kill him by slashing his throat. In exchange for the plea, additional charges of aggravated robbery, theft and obstruction of justice were dropped.

According to the Daily Herald, Judge Samuel McVey sentenced Luedecke to five years to life in prison and ordered him to pay more than $32,500 in restitution to the victim.

Court proceedings in the case had been delayed over the course of this case due to questions about Luedecke's mental state, but he was ultimately found competent.

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