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‘Alcohol and anger do not mix’ prosecutor warns after drunk man stabs sleeping roommate

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-26 12:20:24-05

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — A Louisa County man could be sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was convicted of stabbing his sleeping roommate. Christopher W. Pendleton, 44, of Louisa, was convicted of felony malicious wounding for the September 2014 stabbing.

“Pendleton had been drinking all day and entered his roommate’s bedroom with a knife. Without provocation or saying a word, Pendleton stabbed the victim twice while the victim was in bed,” Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire wrote in an email. “The victim fled the house with Pendleton chasing him.”

The victim was able to call 911. When Louisa deputies arrested Pendleton, he told them he stabbed the victim and “hoped he died,” McGuire said.

“Alcohol, anger and knives do not mix,” McGuire added. “Fortunately, the victim fully recovered from his injuries but the Defendant’s unapologetic attitude should result in a stiff sentence.”

Pendleton, who is being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 20, 2015.