A judge sentences a man to 18-years behind bars, calling his acts "horrific" and saying his victim "looks like somebody tried to scalp her."
On Thursday, David Thomas Leakan Jr. learned his fate before Judge Timothy J. McCrone in a Howard County Circuit Courtroom.
Prosecutors say on May 27, 2017 police responded to the 11000 block of Snowflake Court after a mother reported receiving text messages from her son indicating he may have been suicidal.
Leakan's wife answered the door for police, appearing to be dazed and bloodied with a stab wound to the head. An injured Leakan then appeared from a bedroom with lacerations on his neck and stab wounds to the chest. Both were transported to Shock Trauma.
Assistant State's Attorney Mary DeCampo revealed in court the couple was having a meal when Leakan went to the bathroom to use cocaine. An argument ensued with the victim threatening to divorce Leakan over his drug usage.
Neither party could recall the incident from that night but prosecutors say Leakan gave conflicting statements to police and assaulted the woman prior to making an attempt at taking his own life.
A victim impact statement read by prosecutors noted the woman sustained multiple fractures to her skull, nose and eye socket and suffered bleeding to the brain and permanent injuries that resulted in cognitive and speech difficulties.
Leakan apologized to his wife who was in attendance at court but said he could not recollect what transpired.