PHOENIX - The brother of a man accused in a serial killing case was sentenced Friday to 7 1/2 years in prison for stabbing a homeless man.
Jeff Hausner, 40, received the sentence in Maricopa County Superior Court for his guilty plea to aggravated assault. Under terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, an attempted murder charge was dropped.
Hausner had faced a maximum prison sentence of nearly nine years. He was given credit for time served since his arrest on Nov. 2.
Hausner's case received intense media attention because he is the brother of one of two men charged in a 14-month shooting spree that wounded at least 17 people and left seven others dead, according to police.
His brother, Dale, is charged with seven counts of murder in the so-called Serial Shooter case. Jeff Hausner's former roommate, Samuel Dieteman, is charged with two of the killings.
Police initially said the April 14, 2006, stabbing Jeff Hausner was charged with committing was linked to the same string of attacks, but prosecutors later decided he was acting alone.