Man accused of stabbing 3 at church gets 5 years

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Posted: Sep 30, 2014 12:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who authorities say stabbed three people at a Catholic church in New Mexico has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Lawrence Capener pleaded no contest Monday to charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from the April 2013 attack.

A criminal complaint says Capener stabbed a choir leader at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Albuquerque at the end of a Sunday Mass.

Authorities say Capener vaulted over pews and lashed out at Adam Alvarez and then stabbed church flutist Gerald Madrid five times in the back.

Capener later told police that he believed Alvarez was a Mason and that he thought Alvarez was involved in a conspiracy.

Masons are a fraternal group involved in charity and other community activities.