Judge sentences man in throat slashing crime

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A man who prosecutors said was involved with cutting a young boy’s throat, learned his fate today in Mercer County Court. 

Zachary Dickman, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and third-degree  and sexual assault in January.

A judge sentenced him on Monday to a minimum of two years behind bars plus five years probation. 

Dickman was arrested back in July 2015. Police say Dickman and  a 14-year-old girl attempted to cut an autistic boy’s throat with a knife at a home in Bruhsfork.

The victim has since been released from the hospital. 

“As far as we know he was not the one that actually did the cutting,” said George Sitler, Chief Prosecuting Attorney. “He was the one who planned the crime he was present and he participated in the escape and the 24 hour departure from the scene.”

 The judge also ordered Dickman to register as a sex offender for life. 

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