Redding man sentenced to five years for stabbing girlfriend's father at Starbucks

POSTED: 6:16 PM Jun 03 2013
REDDING, Calif. -

A Redding man accused of attacking his girlfriend's father with a knife was sentenced on Monday morning.

A Shasta County judge sentenced 20-year-old Travis Kuks to five years in a state prison.

Kuks' defense pushed for a probation sentence instead, arguing that Kuks is youthful and has no criminal history, but the judge still gave him prison time.

Kuks attacked his girlfriend's father, Samuel Yount, with a knife at a Redding Starbucks on Halloween of 2012.

He pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. In exchange for the plea, an attempted murder charge was dropped.

Kuks took the stand on Monday morning where he was questioned by both his attorney, Adam Ryan, and the prosecutor, Ben Hanna.

Every row in the courtroom was packed with Kuks' family and friends, watching as Kuks said he was acting out in fear and self defense. Kuks said he knows he reacted unnecessarily and he said that he takes responsibility for his actions.

Samuel Yount, the stabbing victim, was in court as well, along with a few of his family members.

Yount read a statement in the courtroom saying that he feels lucky to be alive. He said this incident took a toll on his family and that they would only feel safe if Kuks served his full time.

The judge said in court that he sentenced Kuks to five years in prison because he did not feel that the young man exhibited remorse for his actions.

The Kuks family told us they plan on filing an appeal.