BRENTWOOD — A man with a history of violence was sentenced Monday to 30 years to life in prison for attempting to murder his former girlfriend and tampering with a witness.
Brandon Fecteau, 44, of Farmington, entered a guilty plea to charges of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of witness tampering in connection with a stabbing incident that took place in July last year.
The attack occurred at the Lake Shore Farm Inn in Northwood, where Fecteau stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the abdomen.
Following his arrest, prosecutors noted that Fecteau attempted to influence his victim’s testimony, urging her to alter her account of the events nearly 1,000 times.
The court heard from the victim’s advocate that the woman now lives with a chronic fear of being around people, a direct result of the assault.
She chose not to attend the sentencing hearing.
Fecteau’s defense acknowledged the severity of the crime but pointed to their client’s mental health issues.
Prosecutors dismissed this, asserting that his mental health does not mitigate the gravity of his actions.
This is not Fecteau’s first conviction for a violent crime.
In 2004, he was found guilty of five counts of first-degree assault after beating another woman in Rochester and abandoning her in the woods, presumed dead.
He had been released from prison for the prior offense just 18 months before the stabbing incident.