A beefy health mannequin who stabbed his roommate greater than a dozen instances in a match of rage was sentenced to eight years behind bars Tuesday for the sensational 2018 assault.
Geoffrey Tracy, 30, realized his destiny almost 4 years after he got here at his rental host Gregory Kanczes with a knife, leaving the then-50-year-old man coated in blood in his Hell’s Kitchen pad.
“It is just by the grace of god that I survived your assault that just about ended my life,” Kanczes mentioned in a sufferer affect assertion learn aloud throughout the listening to in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom.
Justice Curtis Farber cited cellphone footage of the Aug. 14, 2018 crime as he sentenced Tracy — who was convicted at trial of assault and tried assault final month — saying he was disturbed by the sight of “a person actually having been assaulted by Mr. Tracy.”
“The video speaks for itself. It captures precisely what occurred in all its horror. It had an unarmed man in his underwear being pursued at knife level out of his home,” the choose mentioned.
Prosecutors initially sought 10 years in state jail, along with 5 years supervised launch, whereas the protection argued that 5 years incarceration was enough.
Tracy, of Gilroy, Calif., was ultimately handed an eight 12 months time period on the assault conviction and a sentence of as much as 4 years for tried assault, to run concurrently.
“So far as sentencing goes, we had been hoping the choose would possibly sentence him the obligatory minimal of 5 years, however we had been considerably relieved that [the judge] went beneath what the individuals had been recommending,” protection lawyer Thomas A. Kenniff advised The Put up following the continuing.
The stabbing frenzy occurred simply days after Tracy, then 25, moved to New York to bounce at a strip membership.
Prosecutors mentioned the bodybuilder attacked Kanczes 16 instances with a knife after accusing him of going via his belongings. A part of the incident was recorded on Tracy’s cellphone.
“The proof at trial demonstrated that the defendant took a knife from Mr. Kanczes kitchen, that he adopted him out into the hallway of his residence constructing, that he ignored repeated makes an attempt by Mr. Kanczes to go away the scenario,” Assistant District Lawyer Courney Razner mentioned in courtroom.
Kanczes suffered accidents to his neck, shoulder, arms, chest, ribs, and again. Prosecutors mentioned that one wound close to his neck would have confirmed deadly had it been simply centimeters nearer to his artery.
Tracy, who initially fled the scene and disposed of the knife, plead not responsible to fees of second-degree tried homicide and first-degree assault in Sept. 2018.
The prosecutor cited Tracy’s alleged steroid use, noting that he made cash by dealing performance-enhancing medicine on the time of the assault.
“The rationale that I raised that’s as a result of I do suppose that it signifies that we have to take a few of the assertions in these [character witness letters] with a grain of salt, as a result of clearly the defendant was not open sufficient with these individuals for them to know how that he was getting by throughout that time period,” she mentioned.
Kanczes didn’t seem in courtroom, and his sufferer affect assertion was learn by the prosecutor.
“Your assault has left me with many scars that has lessened my self picture and made me really feel much less engaging to others I could also be focused on,” the assertion mentioned. “I’m now not capable of transfer via town with the convenience I had previous to your assault. I really feel like a neater goal for criminals when in public and should plan my journeys based mostly upon how lengthy I believe I can transfer with out ache and additional damage.”
Kanczes additionally wrote that he suffers from flashbacks, nervousness and insomnia on account of the trauma.
Tracy, who appeared noticeably much less muscular in his khaki jail garments, was supported in courtroom by his father, Thomas Tracy, his girlfriend, Shawley Henderson, and his employer Alex Larson.
“I want I may return in time and keep away from coming to New York altogether however I notice that choice doesn’t exist,” he advised the courtroom whereas struggling to carry again tears.
“I’m not a violent particular person,” he continued.
“I’ve by no means even been in a fistfight previous to this anomaly that occurred again in 2018.”
In a press release launched following the sentencing, Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg counseled the jury’s determination and the sentencing.
“Geoffrey Tracy viciously stabbed his unarmed rental host, who continues to undergo important bodily and emotional injury to this present day,” he mentioned.
“Whereas we will by no means undo the struggling and trauma from this incident, I hope the accountability from right now’s sentence may also help the therapeutic course of. I thank my workplace’s prosecutors for steadfastly pursuing this case.”