A Lisle man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for slashing his uncle in the face during an altercation sparked when the defendant's girlfriend broke up with him.
Michael Janczewski, 28, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge John Kinsella.
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Prosecutors said Janczewski grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and held a knife to her chin after she broke up with him on March 20 at his Wellington Avenue apartment. His uncle was slashed when he intervened and tried to help the woman. Several neighbors witnessed the attack.
The girlfriend, then 22, and uncle, then 41, each were cut in the face and arm, Assistant State's Attorney Louisa Nuckolls said in court. She said the uncle was hospitalized and required stitches.
Janczewski had faced a possible extended term of up to 10 years if convicted at trial because of his prior felony record. The judge told him it was "lucky" no one was killed.
"There are situations in life such where your emotions get high -- but you don't take out a knife to express those emotions," Kinsella said. "You made a bad situation a whole lot worse."
Janczewski already has served 140 days of his sentence in the county jail.