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Plea deal reached in stabbing of professor

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A Fithian man faces up to 20 years after trying to kill a University of Illinois professor.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- A Fithian man faces up to 20 years after trying to kill a University of Illinois professor. Joshua Scaggs pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday.

Scaggs attacked, then cut the throat of Dhammika Dharmapala with a box cutter. Dharmapala says he's lucky to be alive. He's also ready to put all this behind him, but can't until the trial is finished.

He was attacked nearly three years ago at the Illinois Terminal. It's believed the attack happened because of Dharmapala's ethnicity. As part of the plea deal, Scaggs can only face a maximum 20 years. The typical maximum sentence for attempted murder in Illinois is 30 years.

A friend and colleague of Dharmapala is surprised the case has taken this long to come to a close. Now that it's nearly finished, he has other concerns.

Eric Johnson, who is a UI law professor, is troubled by the possibility of Scaggs only getting a 20 year maximum sentence. Dharmapala has had three surgeries to address his neck injury. He's currently rehabbing and teaching in Chicago. Scagg's sentencing will be June 16.
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