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Man sentenced for knife attack near Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, S.D. — A man originally charged with attempted murder was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated assault.

Jason J. Mestas, 41, whose address is listed as Northville in court records, was given credit for 93 days served and was also fined $107.

According to court documents, he picked up a 31-year-old man in June. After driving around that evening, Mestas asked the man if he loved him, per the paperwork. When the victim said yes, Mestas then asked the man if he would die with him and confessed he was going to die within the year, according to the documents. That was about 11:30 p.m.

Mestas then stopped the van and, according to legal paperwork, pulled out two knives and approached the victim, cutting him in the neck and chest before the man was able to push Mestas away and run. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office classified the wounds as “fairly superficial.”

The victim was able to flee from Mestas and hide overnight under a grain truck about five miles from Frederick before flagging someone down and asking the driver to contact law enforcement.