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July 11, 1998

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Alan Rector was sentenced to 34 months in prison for the stabbing of Dan Weber, Brandon Masquas and Scott Brown during a September fight.

The court dates may be over for the Weber family.

``We simply ask you ... as we have asked you before, to please send the defendant away, this time to prison,'' Kathy Weber, mother of stabbing victim Dan Weber, said to Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone. `` ... Choose Dan Weber over Alan Rector.''

Rector, 18, was sentenced to 34 months in prison Friday for attempted voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing of Dan Weber on Sept. 7, 1997.

``We feel it is a punishment that is no more than what he has done to our son,'' Ms. Weber said. ``Then, only then, will justice be served. ... In order not to repeat mistakes, a lesson must be learned.''

The stabbing left Dan Weber partially paralyzed. One of the four stab wounds, inflicted with a 3-inch folding blade, hit his spine.

Rector was the last of nine charged in that fight to be sentenced. He was charged with two counts of aggravated battery for the stabbing of Brandon Masquas and Scott Brown. He was originally charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Arguments at the sentencing hearing centered on counseling that Rector was receiving and the possibility of avoiding prison time.

``I could care less about the rehabilitation that Mr. Rector has gone through,'' Dan Weber told the court. ``I almost lost my life because of his acts.''

``There's no way to describe how sorry I am,'' Rector told the court. ``There's nothing in prison that will help me change.''

Rector was sentenced to 32 months of prison time on both counts of aggravated battery, to be served concurrently. He was given credit for 80 days already served in Douglas County Jail.

Rector was one of nine people charged in the case. Skyland Love, 19, was sentenced to two years' probation for two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery and one count of unlawful assembly.

Michael Blanck, 18, was sentenced to two years' probation for aiding and abetting aggravated battery.

Sara Gottlieb and Anna Kimbrell, both 17, were sentenced to six months of probation for two counts of aiding and abetting battery and one count each of unlawful assembly and obstructing legal process.

Richard F. Jarrett, 23, pleaded no contest to aiding and abetting attempted aggravated battery and received two years' probation.

Zach Turner, 18, had charges of aiding and abetting aggravated battery dropped.

James Vick, 19, pleaded no contest to aiding and abetting aggravated battery and received 18 months probation.

Jason Freeman, 18, is awaiting sentencing on three counts of aiding and abetting battery and one count of unlawful assembly.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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