Man sentenced to prison for stabbing attack on ex-girlfriend

A Troy man who forced his way into a hotel room and stabbed a former girlfriend and her boyfriend was sentenced Monday, Oct. 2, to 10 years in prison by a Miami County judge who called his behavior “disturbing” and “perverse.”

David Boyea, 33, pleaded guilty Aug. 17 to two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated burglary in Common Pleas Court.

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The plea came as part of a deal in which prosecutors agreed to recommend the 10-year sentence. He could have received up to 33 years in prison.

Boyea was charged in the Feb. 6 stabbing of a 33-year- old Troy woman and a 30-year-old man who were staying at a local motel. They told police someone knocked on the door, then forced his way in before stabbing both of them in the early morning hours.

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They were taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight and treated for serious injuries.

The case was one of the worst he’s seen in his years with the prosecutor’s office, said Paul Watkins, assistant prosecutor. He said Boyea stabbed the man 22 times and the woman six times, one close to her heart. Without the quick response by Troy paramedics and police, “I’m not sure either would be here today,” Watkins said.

Judge Jeannine Pratt said Boyea showed no remorse and caused serious harm to both victims.

She said Boyea’s decision to take out his frustration after being “jilted” by the girlfriend was both disturbing and perverse.

Troy police said all three worked at the Troy Burger King and that the woman had ended a relationship with Boyea.

He received credit for 239 days served and was ordered to pay court costs.

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