Man sentenced in scythe attack

Posted: Thursday, February 04, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A 32-year-old Fairbanks man accused of threatening his girlfriend with a scythe has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Justin D. Costello pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree felony assault. Under a plea agreement, two years of his sentence will be suspended, and he will be on probation for three years.

Court records say that Costello's girlfriend told state troopers that he began punching her one morning in November at a cabin they share before grabbing a 3-foot long scythe and threatening to kill her. She was able to escape as Costello swung the scythe at her.

Authorities say Costello was intoxicated when they took him into custody.

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