The brother of serial shooting suspect Dale Hausner has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for stabbing a homeless man in west Phoenix last year.
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On Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Andrew Klein listened to arguments for and against a harsh sentence for Jeffrey Hausner, 40, of Phoenix, who pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault in March. In a plea deal, a charge of attempted first-degree murder was dropped.
Hausner admitted he stabbed a homeless man in the stomach on April 14, 2006, after the man asked him for change outside of a convenient store.
Jeffrey Hausner is the brother of Dale Hausner, one of two men charged in the string of shootings that occurred in Phoenix, Mesa and other parts of the Valley last year.
Klein ruled Friday that the aggravating circumstances surrounding Jeffrey Hausner’s crime — that it was unprovoked, intentional and the victim was seriously injured — were countered by mitigating factors. Klein decided that Hausner had no history of violence and had strong family support. Thus, he gave Hausner the standard sentence for his crime.
The judge said that strong family support tends to aid in rehabilitation. Hausner’s family took up about a quarter of the courtroom galley during the sentencing.
Klein also said Hausner’s display of remorse affected his decision, though he noted that Friday was the first time he’d been aware of Hausner’s regrets.
“I wish I could apologize to him in person,” Hausner said of the man he stabbed. “I made a bad decision. This is in no way any kind of hate crime against homeless people.”
Hausner said he plans to use his time in prison for spiritual growth.