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December 8, 2014: Woodland Hills Man Enters Plea in Machete Attack on Estranged Wife and Friend

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A Woodland Hills man entered no contest pleas today to several charges related to a machete attack on his estranged wife and her male friend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Angela Jordan said Behnam Vasseghi pleaded no contest to two counts each of attempted murder; assault with a deadly weapon; making criminal threats and one count each of first-degree burglary with persons present; stalking; corporal injury to spouse in case LA075290.

Vasseghi also admitted allegations of use of a dangerous and deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Brandolino of the Van Nuys Branch immediately sentenced Vasseghi to 25 years in state prison.

Vasseghi broke into the Woodland Hills home of former music executive Jerry Sharell and attacked his estranged wife and Sharell with a machete and a knife, the prosecutor said. Vasseghi cut Sharell’s throat with the knife and cut the tip of his estrange wife’s nose off before attempting to slash his own wrists, the prosecutor added.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, Topanga Station.