By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man accused of trying to stab a transient to death this summer has been convicted and sentenced to prison.
Norman William Jansen, Jr., 64, pleaded no contest to an amended charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at a Sept. 9th hearing in Canadian County District Court.
Canadian County District Judge Jack D. McCurdy II accepted Jansen’s plea and sentenced the defendant to serve 10 years in state Department of Corrections’ custody.
That sentence was suspended except for the first two years and Jansen was given credit for time served.
Jansen was booked June 9 into the Canadian County Jail after being arrested by Yukon Police in connection with a stabbing that afternoon in the 900 block of Cedar Avenue.
Jansen was initially charged June 17 with assault and battery by means of force likely to produce death. He had faced up to life in prison if convicted on that felony charge.
Jansen had stabbed his roommate several times in the chest, head and face, court documents show.
Assistant District Attorney John Salmon alleged Jansen “without justifiable or excusable cause” committed an assault by using a knife held in his hand “to stab and slash” the male victim “multiple times with unlawful and felonious intent then and there to do bodily harm” to the victim “by means or with force likely to produce death.”
Jansen later admitted to stabbing the victim during a physical altercation, according to a Yukon Police Department statement.
A disagreement between the defendant and victim reportedly led to an argument and then the altercation.
The victim was taken to OU Medical Center in stable condition for treatment of “multiple cuts and stab wounds.”
Jansen appeared in person with his attorney Karla Tankut at the Sept. 9th court hearing.
After his release from prison, Jansen will be supervised by the DOC while on probation.
Judge McCurdy ordered him to pay fines and court-related costs. A victim’s compensation assessment and jail fees also were assessed.