A Houston man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting he launched into a meth-fueled rage in which he stabbed a friend 21 times, Harris County prosecutors said Wednesday.
Richard Allen Jeffcoat, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the September 2017 attack.
He asked that a judge in the 180th State District Court determine his sentence.
Jeffcoat, a first-time offender, asked for probation.
Assistant Harris County District Attorney Andrew Figliuzzi asked for 14 years - one year for each minute the wounded man lied on the pavement waiting for paramedics to arrive.
The incident unfolded in a fast-food restaurant parking lot in Atascocita.
Jeffcoat and his friend, Allen Lowery, sat in a sedan in the nighttime darkness and ingested methamphetamine and cocaine.
They’d been up for 11 days, according to testimony during a two-day sentencing hearing that ended Tuesday.
Jeffcoat grew paranoid. A verbal argument ended with Jeffcoat stabbing Lowery with a butcher knife, leaving him with collapsed lungs and extensive blood loss.
Lowery survived the attack. He testified of a success story, in which he not only recovered from his injuries, but completed rehabilitation, and left behind his drug addiction. Lowery is now studying to be a pastor.
Figliuzzi said the lesson of the case is clear.
“Methamphetamine is dangerous and wildly unpredictable, even more so when mixed with other drugs,” he said. ”Users caught in a vicious cycle of addiction need to seek help before they end up dead or in prison.