Parking ramp stabber sentenced to 20 years in prison

11:43 AM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The man who dressed as a businessman and then stabbed a legal assistant in a downtown parking ramp was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday.

Robert John Meyers, 49, was sentenced by Hennepin County District Court Judge Robert Small who went beyond the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines recommendation of 158 months.

Small said the jury determined, and he agreed, that there were aggravating circumstances in the crime, including the fact that Meyers had been convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Iowa. The judge also noted the particular cruelty of the assault.

"We are looking at the statutory maximum of 240 months," assistant Hennepin County Attorney Sarah Hilleren told Judge Small. "He has violence against women ingrained. He planned an attack that resulted in near-death injuries. And he just left her by the car. The defendant is a predator and he needs to be incarcerated as long as the law allows."

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