PICTOU, N.S. – A 19-year-old Nova Scotia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stabbing a man and leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
The judge in the provincial Supreme Court in Pictou says the sentence will be reduced by one year to take into account time Shane Edward Matheson has already served.
Matheson pleaded guilty in March to attempted murder in the stabbing of 27-year old Scott Jones.
Police said Matheson attacked Jones outside a New Glasgow, N.S., bar last October, stabbing him in the back and slashing him in the throat.
Jones attended the sentencing hearing and read a victim impact statement describing the physical and emotional toll of the stabbing, but he said he forgives Matheson.
Matheson spoke afterward, saying he was sorry and he did not know why he did it.
Jones has alleged he was attacked because he is gay.
He told Global News in December that he has been keeping a positive and optimistic outlook, and also admitted the weight of his new reality can be tough to bear.
“There are days that I struggle. I have some meltdowns and there are days when I’m happier and not as sad,” he said at the time.
Jones said his parents and sisters as sources of inspiration who have taught him how to stay positive during his recovery.
News of the attack prompted an outpouring of support for Jones in the community and on social media.
With files from Julia Wong
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