Crime

Man threw boiling water in face of mom’s partner, then stabbed him

A man who stabbed his mother’s partner in Tacoma and allegedly threw boiling water in his face has been sentenced.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Shelly Speir gave 26-year-old Michael Bivens Placid three years in prison Friday.

It was an exceptionally high sentence for the crime, above his standard range, because the stabbing happened about a month after Placid was released from prison for a different assault conviction.

Placid had been staying at his mother’s apartment in the 300 block of East Wright Avenue when the assault happened July 30.

The mother and her partner were on their way out when Placid locked his mother outside, according to charging papers.

Then Placid threw boiling water in the partner’s face, and stabbed the man’s head, neck and back about 20 times with a kitchen knife, prosecutors said.

The injuries were life-threatening, and Placid initially was charged with attempted second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, instead, as part of negotiations with prosecutors.

“Defendant suffers from significant mental health issues ... significantly impacting culpability,” deputy prosecutor Terry Lane wrote in court records.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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