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Spokane war vet puts life in peril - again

William Wallace  nearly died after he was stabbed two years ago after a hockey game when he confronted a car prowler.  (Christopher Anderson)
William Wallace nearly died after he was stabbed two years ago after a hockey game when he confronted a car prowler. (Christopher Anderson)

This William Wallace did not set out to win independence for Scotland. But the 80-year-old Korean War veteran did take a knife in the heart for another cause: keeping some “punk” car prowler from getting away with stolen loot. 

“I got mortared and shot in Korea and then I came home and got knifed,” Wallace said Thursday in his northwest Spokane home, a day after the culprit was ordered to serve just over three years in prison for the attack. 

The incident began on April 14, 2008, as Wallace and others were leaving a Spokane Chiefs hockey game at the Spokane Arena. Wallace said he heard a man yelling about someone breaking into his truck.

Wallace, an ex-Marine and Purple Heart recipient from Korea, rushed over to help.

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse's story here.




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