Man Sentenced to 10 Years in prison for Stabbing Woman 16 Times

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A man convicted by a Linn County jury in February for stabbing his ex-girlfriend 16 times was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

Shaheed Pendleton, 33, of Cedar Rapids, was found guilty of willful injury causing serious injury, assault with intent to inflict serious injury and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon (domestic abuse). Possible prison time was 12 years but count one and two were merged and the two assault counts were ran concurrently for a total of 10 years.

Pendleton declined to speak before the judge sentenced him and there was no victim's impact statements made.

Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Patrick Grady also suspended Pendleton's $10,000 fine, so he could pay victim's restitution, which will be determined later. He also granted a five year no contact for the victim and ordered Pendleton to attend a batterer's education program while in prison.

According to trial testimony, Pendlton stabbed Racquel Truax, 30, formerly of Cedar Rapids, 16 times in her head, chest, abdomen, both sides, arms and back during an argument while both had been drinking and using drugs Oct. 14, 2011. Doctors during the trial testified Truax was lucky to be alive. She lost a large amount of blood and one of the wounds resulted in a life threatening injury to her aorta and main vein near her chest.

Truax told the jury she and Pendleton had broken up several months before the incident but they shared a home and had two children together. Truax said Pendleton was angry with her that day and was jealous when she invited two men over. She said Pendleton came at her with his arms swinging and she initially thought he was going to hit her. It all happened quickly and she didn't realize until she looked down and saw blood drops on the floor that he had stabbed her.

Pendleton took the stand and said he didn't stab her. He claimed an unknown man was in the house arguing with Truax when he awoke from a nap. The man cut him when he tried to intervene and then stabbed her.

Pendleton had three minor wounds to his chest but police never determined who cut him.
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