Stephen Byrd sentenced to 70 years in prison

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for attempting to kill a woman in her Mishawaka home in September 2015.

The victim, Kenya Belcher, was in her home on Grand Boulevard on September 17 when she smelled cigarette smoke in her basement.

As she went downstairs, Stephen Byrd attacked her with a knife. Belcher was stabbed in the arms, neck, face and head.

On Friday, Byrd was sentenced to 35 years in prison for attempted murder and 35 y ears in prison for burglary with serious bodily injury.

The sentences will run consecutively.

Byrd's sentence will run consecutive to the 3 year sentence that was imposed on September 1 for battery with a deadly weapon.

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