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Victim In "Vicious" Lisle Stabbing Asks Judge To Throw Away Plea Deal For Attacker

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A man who was left seriously and permanently injured after he was stabbed in his Lisle home is asking Broome County Court to throw away a plea deal for his attacker and instead send the case to trial.

In March 2018, Arthur Rosenblatt and his wife woke up to a knock on the door of their Lisle residence. When Rosenblatt opened the door to a man who said he was having engine troubles, the motorist stabbed him in the neck.

 27-year-old Thomas Sessions was tracked down months later in Arizona and charged with attempted murder for the attack. Charges that were pleaded down. On Tuesday in Broome County Court, representatives from the Crime Victims Assistant Center read a statement from Rosenblatt, asking Judge Cawley to throw away that deal and either send this case to trial or offer a deal with more prison time. 

"If the defendant is willing to suffer injuries similar to mine then my family and I will be happy to see him walk free after this hearing," wrote Rosenblatt.

Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Rossi told Cawley there were issues with the case that would make it difficult to send to trial. That includes a "hostile witness" to the prosecution, a female who was allegedly in the truck with Sessions when he pulled up to Rosenblatt's house the night of the crime. Sessions' attorneys also add there were problems with the suspect identification process.

Rosenblatt made his opposition to the plea deal known to prosecutors and the court as soon as it was offered. Cawley says he got a letter to that effect on April 12th. The deal would send Sessions to prison for 5 years. 

Addressing the court, Sessions said that even 5 years is a lot and categorized what he did that night as "stupid" and something he'll never do again.

"I can not say I'm sorry enough," said Sessions.

Sessions says he was intoxicated during the attack and describes himself as an alcoholic. He told Judge Cawley that his brother had a dispute with Rosenblatt prior to the attack and that it was an act of revenge. 

"I didn't intend to kill him," said Sessions, addressing the attempted murder charge, "I thought I was breaking his jaw."

Cawley called the decision not go to trial "troubling," though he added he'll never know what Rossi has in his files after his investigation and witness interviews. The judge adjourned sentencing while he thinks over how to proceed. Sessions will be due back in court on June 18th to hear Cawley's decision.