Daniel Powell 7 a.m., July 26
Man Who Stabbed His Date in Escondido Sentenced
Alexander John Twedt, 30, was sentenced to 16 years in state prison this afternoon.
In a plea deal, Twedt admitted “I unlawfully attempted to murder another human being, and in doing so I caused great bodily injury.”
Prosecutors charged Twedt with attacking “his transgender boyfriend” on May 30, 2011.
“In the early morning hours while they were still in bed, Defendant stabbed Samantha in the neck with a knife. The night before, Samantha had been looking through Defendant’s paperwork and noticed police reports and photographs of a prior victim who appeared to be dead,” prosecutor Keith Watanabe stated in court documents.
In the plea deal, Twedt admitted a “battery with deadly weapon” prior in the state of Nevada, that conviction was in 2005.
Deputy District Attorney Watanabe said Twedt and the victim had been dating about a month before the crime happened in a room that Twedt rented in a home in Escondido. It was the landlady, asleep in another part of the house, who phoned police after she was awakened by screaming.