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Minnesota man sentenced for stabbing ex-wife's attorney

A St. Paul man was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for trying to kill his ex-wife's attorney in her Fridley office nearly four years ago. The verdict was handed down by Anoka County District Court Judge Thomas Fitzpatrick in a crowded cour...

A St. Paul man was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for trying to kill his ex-wife's attorney in her Fridley office nearly four years ago.

The verdict was handed down by Anoka County District Court Judge Thomas Fitzpatrick in a crowded courtroom, according to Paul Young, division chief of violent-crime prosecutions for the Anoka County attorney's office.

Sheikh Nyane, 36, received 200 months in prison for attempted murder in the first degree.

Nyane repeatedly stabbed Terri Melcher in her office June 11, 2010, after the attorney represented his ex-wife in a custody case involving the couple's son.

Melcher survived the attack and called police.

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An artery was punctured during the attack, necessitating surgery. She also suffered nerve damage to her face.

Melcher is nearly fully recovered today, despite scars on her face and a slight twitch in her cheek.

During his hearing Friday, Nyane said he was sorry for what he'd done and that he'd acted out of anger over losing custody of his son, according to information provided by the Anoka County attorney's office.

Nyane's attorney, Christopher Lynch, could not be reached for comment.

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