Cosby graduate sentenced to 55 years in prison for stabbing sleeping couple

Posted at 5:40 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 18:47:34-04

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. -- The former Cosby High School student who stabbed a Sussex County pastor and his wife who opened their home to him, will spend the next 55 years behind bars.

Max Lloyd Chisholm pleaded guilty to five felonies Wednesday including burglary to attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding, and robbery.

Chisholm broke into the home of Hugh and Carol Mayes on June, 15 2015 and stabbed the Sussex couple multiple times while they slept.

Pastor Mayes suffered a stab wound to the chest and his wife suffered stab wounds to her neck and chest. The couple survived the attack.

Max Chisholm

Max Chisholm

Chisholm was arrested in Richmond a day after the attack in a stolen 2010 Ford Escape.

Hugh Mayes is the pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Carson, Virginia.

For six months, the couple let Chilsom live in their Sussex County home. The entire time the couple tried to get him into the mental health care at local facilities, to get the care they believed he needed.

He was asked to leave the home one month before the attack.

Hugh and Carol Mayes

Hugh and Carol Mayes

Max Chisholm is the child of Russian heroin addicts. He was adopted and brought to the United States from Russia when he was seven years old, family members said.

While at Cosby High School in Chesterfield, Chisholm won the regional wrestling champion as a senior.

After pleading guilty Wednesday, Chisholm was sentenced to 100 years in prison, with 45 years suspended.

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