What You Can Look Forward to If You Stab Someone In the Head While Drunk

From CTV in Montreal:

She was stabbed in the head. Her cheek, jaw and eye socket were smashed. She spent two months in a coma and sustained brain damage.

On Monday, a judge ruled that her attacker– a man who pleaded guilty– will not spend any more time in jail.

In September 2005, Marcia Langleib, then 52, was waiting for a metro at the Snowdon station when Peter Nidzielsky, then 27, tried to sexually assault her.

He was severely intoxicated at the time. He slammed her face into a wall and stabbed her in the head. Five people intervened and were attacked as well.

“I’m not allowed to work, I walk slower,” Langleib told CTV Montreal earlier this month. “He took out a tooth; he broke my jaw.”

Now she sports a scar on her face that winds from the bottom of her left eye down to her chin. She used to work as an esthetician; since the assault she has not been able to concentrate long enough to read a book.

Well, it turns out that Mr. Nidzielsky isn’t going to jail for this. He’s going to serve 2 years of house arrest, with allowances for work and AA meetings. Apparently, by the court date, he had proven himself by attending meetings for his alcoholism and anger issues, and the judge was impressed:

He used his time between the first and second sentencing to get help for a drug addiction and anger management problems. By the time he was in front of the judge for the second sentencing he appeared as a rehabilitated man.

“You’re taking your life in your hands; you showed remorse,” said Justice Isabelle Rheault in court. “It won’t change much for Mrs. Langleib, but my job is to put everything on a balance.”


  • AnnaZed

    I hate that; go to AA and learn the right crap to say and get a free pass.

    I attended for years a group in Southern California where a wily and manipulative guy who talked a fantastic AA line, you know chapter and verse, Big Book page numbers, quotes ~ the lot ~ yet lived first in a tent then a sober living house (one that was notorious for lax rules enforcement). He Secretaried a meeting and attended all group functions. I pegged him as a con-man and never so much as gave him the time of day, but some people really were taken with him and thought he made a great AA success story.

    That all worked fine for him until he was picked up on a warrant for attacking and raping a woman in a nearby county (during the period of his supposed sobriety by the way). He spent about 3 months in jail and got a pass based on his "AA service" and a gang of his AA buddies acting as character witnesses for him. When he got out and came back, I left that group.

  • friendthegirl

    It's unreal. Yesterday, there were so many stories like this — and some very strange ones — that I almost did a blotter style post, but my computer crashed and I lost my momentum there… Do an AA google news search and see what comes up. Yesterday was just nuts.