Connecticut assault victim gets 18 months in prison for stabbing attacker

Jeffrey Sumpter, a 21-year-old from Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced for the crime of first-degree assault, and was sentenced at the Stamford courthouse on Monday to 18 months in prison. He was attacked by three young animals, while at work, and will serve time in prison for the stabbing of an attacker. (Norwalk Police Department)

A Connecticut man who was attacked by three young animals, while at work is sentenced to prison for stabbing one of the attackers.

The Connecticut Post reports that 21-year-old Jeffrey Sumpter of Bridgeport received 18 months in jail Monday at the Stamford courthouse.

The paper reported that Sumpter — who was sentenced for the crime of first-degree assault also will have to spend three years after his release, on trial. If he sins against the law at that time, Sumpter could be made to serve all or a part of a 42 months prison sentence.

Sumpter was employed at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Norwalk in October last year, when he was jumped by three men. During the attack, Sumpter put one of them on the leg.

“I was defending myself,” Sumpter said during the hearing.

Judge John Blawie told Sumpter that he believed that his version of the events, but had to follow the letter of the law.

Under Connecticut law, assault victims, no use of deadly force if they are able to withdraw from their attackers. By contrast, the 27 member states — notably in Florida, have passed so-called “stand-your-ground” laws, that the right of citizens to use violence in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a journalist and editor, covering sports, tech, military and geopolitical for He can be reached at

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