For Immediate Release - July 31, 2009

North Andover Man Who Stabbed Victim Multiple Times Sentenced To State Prison

Victim's Life Likely Saved by Hero Witness

Judge Timothy Feeley sentenced a North Andover man, who stabbed his victim multiple times in the chest and back, to 6-8 years in State Prison Wednesday in Salem Superior Court.

Bryan Kangethe, 22, of 31 Lincoln Street, was convicted on July 20 of assault with intent to murder. The jury deliberated for two hours following the two-day trial.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Greg Friedholm proved that on November 17, 2007, Kangethe stabbed John Dorceus, who was 17 years old at the time and living in Methuen, 13 times. The fight was at least in part over a girl.

The attack ceased only after a witness saw the victim being stabbed, and jumped in to stop it. The witness, Scot Foster, who resides on Camden Street, grabbed Kangethe by the wrist and slammed the assailant's hand against his knee to dislodge the knife. He then kicked the folding knife with a four-inch blade out of reach. At the same time his wife called 911.

The victim was transported to Lawrence General Hospital and then taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for treatment. He has since recovered.

Kangethe was represented by Attorneys Jessica Pacheco and Michael Ruane.