Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for dual stabbing at state Capitol
An Albany man was sentenced to 20 years in state prison on Thursday, for stabbing two people at the New York State Capitol last year.
Alexander Contompasis, 39, received 12 years for one victim and eight years for the other.
The stabbings happened on January 6, 2021, in East Capitol Park. It was a short time before the riots broke out at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
A jury convicted Contompasis last month on first-degree assault and other charges.
Victim impact statements were read in court. One of the victims says he still suffers from physical scars as well as emotional scars, and he now fears being in public.
Contompasis claimed he was defending himself during a “Stop the Steal” rally.
Several of his loved ones were in court for the sentencing.
Contompasis was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision.