Lancaster man convicted of stabbing woman over 20 times

(Lancaster County District Attorney's Office)
(Lancaster County District Attorney's Office)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A jury convicted a Lancaster man Thursday afternoon of stabbing a woman over 20 times last year.

Israel Polanco-Cano, 35, is in Lancaster County Prison on $1 million bail and will be sentenced after a background check.

The first-degree felony count of attempted homicide, for which he was convicted, carries a maximum prison term of 20 to 40 years.

Polanco-Cano was also convicted of aggravated assault.

The jury rejected Polanco-Cano’s self-defense claim in the Oct. 2, 2015 stabbing of a 49-year-old woman in a Howard Avenue home.

“By this verdict, justice was served,” First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen said. “The first responders, including police, firefighters and medics, performed life-saving efforts, without which, the victim likely would have died.”

The victim survived after surgery, despite wounds to her head, neck and chest.

The jury of seven men and five women returned its verdict after about 40 minutes of deliberation.

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