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NYC’s power-saw slasher sentenced

NEW YORK — A man who cut into another’s chest with a power saw in a subway station while other people fled for their lives won the victim’s forgiveness Wednesday, just before being sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Tareyton Williams, 34, was sentenced on his guilty plea to second-degree assault for an attack on Michael Steinberg last summer. Steinberg, 65, told the court he forgave his assailant, although he nearly killed him, because it was the right thing to do.

The attack occurred July 7, 2006, when Steinberg was on his way to work. Williams grabbed a power saw from a cart used by workers.

Steinberg said city transit employees watched and never tried to help him. He said that they had allowed Williams to grab their equipment and that “they should be on trial as accomplices to what he did.”

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