Scottsbluff man will spend a minimum of five years for 2018 assault

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - After taking a plea deal stemming from an alleged 2018 assault, a Scottsbluff man is sentenced in district court.

Elijah Cervantes was sentenced Friday stemming in April 2018 assault (Source Scotts Bluff Detention Center)

According to court documents, Elijah Cervantes pleaded no contest to stabbing a woman in the neck four times with a nine inch letter opener. During the altercation, he allegedly destroyed the phone of another individual who was trying to call for help.

During the April 2018, attack, Cervantes recorded a video on his phone trying to place the blame on the caregiver. He also tried to record the rest of the incident after officers arrived. Cervantes later took the SIM card out and destroyed before turning over his phone.

Court documents reveal that because of the plea agreement, Cervantes saw interfering with public service and tampering with physical evidence charges dropped. He will however face a minimum of three years and no more than five years for second degree assault and a minimum of two years but no more than four years for using a deadly weapon to commit a felony. These two counts will be served consecutively.