[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ]I grew up with Larry and his wife, known them since grade 7. He was the most genuine, sweetest guy. I cannot even imagine that he could do something like this. So sad.
Inexplicable knife attack left wife with brain damage
A Winnipeg man responsible for an inexplicable knife attack that sent his wife, his cousin and himself to hospital in critical condition has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
Larry Brass, 30, received double credit of six years for time already served, reducing his remaining sentence to 18 months.
“The attack was brutal, bloody and the consequences ... devastating,” said Justice Robert Dewar.
Brass previously pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of obstruction of justice in connection with the May 5, 2007, rampage.
Court heard Brass and his family spent the previous night celebrating his common-law wife’s 28th birthday, during which time Brass consumed alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy.
Brass, his wife and cousin returned to the couple’s Wolever Avenue apartment around 6 a.m.
A short time after going to bed, Brass was heard yelling at his wife and choking her. Brass retrieved a steak knife from the kitchen, returned to the bedroom and stabbed the woman in the face. He then moved to the living room where he stabbed his sleeping cousin in the face, neck and arms.
Brass then returned to the bedroom and stabbed his wife several more times in the face and neck, severing her carotid artery.
Brass’ 12-year-old daughter and 14-year-old sister witnessed the attacks and called 911 after barricading themselves in their room.
Police arrived to find Brass sitting outside the room with serious self-inflicted stab wounds. Court heard he advanced on officers with a knife and was shocked with a Taser.
Brass said he had no explanation for the attack, which left both of his victims suffering permanent and debilitating injuries. Brass’ wife suffered a stroke during surgery and serious brain damage. She has no memory of the attack.
Brass had never been in trouble with the law and was by all accounts a loving husband and father, said his lawyer Greg Hawrysh.
Hawrysh argued Brass appears to have been in a state of “excited delirium” and unaware of his actions.
Court heard Brass and his wife want to renew their relationship after he has finished his sentence.
Dewar sentenced Brass to an additional two years supervised probation, which includes a condition Brass and his wife not live together without the permission of his probation supervisor.
Unprovoked stabbing on wife and cousin
Accepted Responsibility for Actions
2 counts of aggravated assault
Intoxicated (Alcohol, Ecstasy, Cocaine)- possibly unaware of his actions
Left wife partially paralyzed and cousin with permanent scarring
Deep remorse (offered tearful apology)
No prior criminal record/never been in trouble with the law previously
Loving husband and father