An Allentown man who admitted slashing open another man's face with a knife in 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 18 months to six years in a state prison.
Under a plea agreement, Jimmie Camacho, 23, could have received a minimum one-year prison term. But he drew the ire of Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos by consuming drugs while out on bail awaiting sentencing, causing her to reject the plea bargain.
"I can't live with it," Dantos told the defendant. "It's not enough."
Camacho pleaded guilty in June to aggravated assault. He admitted attacking Jose Santana on April 29, 2012, on the 400 block of Linden Street.
Santana testified Thursday that Camacho had been harassing him for several weeks leading up to the slashing over an incident in which Santana's cousin allegedly threw a bottle through Camacho's window.
The victim said Camacho had tried to engage him in fights over the incident, both in their neighborhood and in the hallways of Dieruff High School, where they were both students.
"I stopped going outside. I felt unsafe, completely," Santana said.
On the night of the attack, Santana said Camacho walked up behind him and — without saying a word — cut him across his cheek. He told the judge that he didn't want to call for an ambulance because he didn't have medical insurance.
"I had to find a ride with my face open," he said.
Santana received 21 stitches to close the wound. He still has a large scar on his face.
As the sentencing hearing began Thursday, Dantos noted that Camacho had tested positive for marijuana while he was out on bail. He apologized, saying he used the substances to "deal with personal stress."
Through his attorney, Tommaso Lonardo, Camacho said he had a "three blunt a day" marijuana habit.
Camacho read a letter of apology in court, saying he hoped Santana and his family could forgive him for the attack.
"I was young and dumb," he said.
Dantos ask Santana if he was satisfied with the original plea agreement. Santana replied that, after two years, he had lost confidence that Camacho would be punished for the crime.
"I'm surprised something is actually happening," he said. "It's not the best."
The sentence was the result of a new plea bargain reached after a lengthy court recess, in which Lonardo and prosecutor Robert Schopf conferred with the judge.
As part of the sentence, Camacho and his family are banned from contacting Santana and his family. He was ordered to pay $3,091 restitution, the cost of Santana's medical expenses.
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