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Bullhead City man given 5-year sentence for stabbing

May 12, 2019

KINGMAN — A five-year prison term was ordered Friday for a man who pleaded guilty in connection with a 2018 stabbing in Bullhead City.

Michael Scott Boyea, 35, pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the May 21 incident.

Prosecutor Jaimye Ashley previously stated that the violence occurred shortly after Boyea arrived at a friend’s home in the 800 block of Glenn Drive.

“He walked behind the victim and stabbed the victim in the neck and back approximately five times,” Ashley said during a March 6 change of plea hearing.

Defense attorney Nathan Best told the court another version of the story during Friday’s sentencing proceeding. Best said Boyea and others were smoking methamphetamine when another man threatened him at gunpoint before Boyea grabbed a nearby knife and used it to defend himself.

“I take responsibity for my actions,” Boyea said, admitting that he was high when he stabbed the man, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. “In a panic I went overboard.”

Boyea expressed hope for leniency so he could keep working and provide for his nine children.

Best asked Mohave County Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle to place Boyea on probation. Prosecutor Karolina Czaplinska said a seven-year prison sentence would be appropriate.

Best said Carlisle stated that the five-year sentence was appropriate given prior felony convictions, Boyea’s decision to plead guilty to attempted murder, and his use of a deadly weapon.