EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the attempted murder of an Evansville man inside a gas station in 2018.
Andrew Buttrum, 37, is accused of stalking a 59-year-old victim for several minutes before violently plunging a butcher knife directly into his neck, according to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office.
Following the attack, Buttrum ran to a nearby home, hid his bloody shirt in the backyard, changed clothes, and left before police arrived, the prosecutor’s office said.
“It’s a miracle that the victim survived in this case,” explained Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann. “He fought for his life that day, and our office fought for justice in this case. The community should feel safer knowing Mr. Buttrum is behind bars.”
The victim survived the attack and testified against Buttrum.
Buttrum was convicted in October.
(This story was originally published on November 22, 2019)