Judge orders higher sentence for man convicted of stabbing Lancaster woman nearly two dozen times

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Elswart Bodden

LANCASTER, Pa. – At a re-sentencing hearing Monday morning, a Lancaster County Judge ordered a higher sentence for a Columbia Borough man who broke into a Lancaster City woman’s home last September and repeatedly stabbed her for an hour.

Elswart R. Bodden, 24, will serve 37 and a half to 95 years in state prison for the 2014 attack, which the victim survived despite being stabbed over 20 times.

Last month, Bodden received a sentence of 10 years fewer, but was called back for re-sentencing after a discrepancy was found in sentencing guidelines.

orange street stabbingBodden broke into the woman’s West Orange Street apartment on the 400 block of West Orange Street early Sunday morning on September 7, while she was home alone, and repeatedly stabbed her while ransacking rooms.

The 30-year-old woman was Bodden’s neighbor, but she hadn’t seen him before the attack. She survived after calling 9-1-1 from the floor of an upstairs room.  Bodden was arrested without incident later that evening in Ephrata Borough.

A local jury convicted Bodden in June of Attempted Murder, Robbery, and other charges.

Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Lechner prosecuted the case.