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Canyon Country man gets 9 years in prison for stabbing

Investigators in the May 2013 crime said case was apparently gang related

Posted: March 5, 2014 4:54 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 4:54 p.m.

A Canyon Country man charged in the stabbing of a 20-year-old man last May has been sentenced to nine years in state prison after pleading no contest to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Steven Markarian, 20, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Monday and pleaded no contest to the felony, Ricardo Santiago said.

He also admitted the special allegations of gang affiliation presented by prosecutors.

Markarian is scheduled to appear back in court for a restitution hearing March 24.

After just one day of evidence presented against him by prosecutors at a preliminary hearing in September, Markarian was ordered to stand trial on a charge of attempted murder.

He was charged with attempted murder in the May 21, 2013, attack in the River Park Apartment complex in the 27000 block of Sara Street in Canyon Country.

Investigators in the case said the life-threatening attack was believed to be gang-related.

The 20-year-old victim was stabbed in the abdomen and nearly died. He underwent emergency surgery at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital where he remained for more than a month after the attack.
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