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Family stabber gets a decade in prison

A Spokane man pleaded guilty today to stabbing his stepgrandfather and stepfather in two separate incidents in January and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Joel M. Arevalo, 21, had been charged with two counts of first-degree assault stemming from two stabbings.

With the plea, Arevalo admitted stabbing his stepfather 16 to 19 times in the neck and back on Jan. 22 and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree assault, defense attorney Jill Gannon-Nagle said.

Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Tom Treppiedi also allowed Arevalo to plead guilty to first-degree burglary for the Jan. 24 incident where he broke into his stepgrandfather’s home in the 1800 block of West Dean Avenue and stabbed him once.

Both stabbing victims suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza sentenced Arevalo, who has a previous felony conviction, to eight years in prison with a two-year deadly-weapons enhancement.