Man gets prison for machete attack during road rage incident
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to five years in jail and ordered to take anger management courses for injuring another man with a machete during a road rage confrontation.
Steven Valerin, 50, of Norwalk, was also sentenced this week to five years of probation after pleading guilty to first-degree assault, The Hour reported. He was given credit for 15 months of time served. His attorney declined comment after the hearing.
Valerin’s vehicle and another met front bumper to front bumper on a narrow road in Norwalk on Oct. 1, 2016, prosecutors said.
The drivers got out and confronted each other, according to the police report.
The victim suffered a five-inch cut on his neck close to his carotid artery, police said.
Valerin’s SUV had left the scene by the time police arrived, but he was apprehended about three months later when the victim saw the vehicle again and called police.
When police called Valerin in for an interview, he asked if the victim was injured seriously. When the officer said that the victim was badly hurt, Valerin reportedly said “Nah, he wasn’t hurt that bad,” prosecutors said.