Iowa man sent to prison in pacemaker attack case

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Posted: Jun 06, 2011 7:36 PM
Iowa man sent to prison in pacemaker attack case

An Iowa man who pleaded guilty to cutting his father's pacemaker from his chest with a pocketknife has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Jesse Fierstine (FIRE'-stine), of Manchester, pleaded guilty in April to willful injury, going armed with intent and two counts of assault causing serious injury.

The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque says Fierstine was sentenced on Monday in Delaware County District Court.

His attorney, Frank Santiago, asked the judge to suspend the charges. The judge denied the request, and sentenced Fierstine to five years in prison on each count, to be served consecutively.

Fierstine was charged with attacking his father, Charles, in April 2009. Charles Fierstine recovered from the attack. He died in 2010 after a lengthy illness.