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Lancaster man found guilty of stabbing woman over 20 times

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LANCASTER, Pa. – A Lancaster County Court jury convicts 35-year-old Isarel Polanco-Cano of stabbing a woman over 20 times last year in Lancaster City.

Israel Polanco-Cano was found guilty of Attempted Homicide and Aggravated Assault, following a two-day trial before County Judge Merrill Spahn Jr.

Attorneys presented closing arguments in the trial Thursday afternoon. The jury of seven men and five women deliberated about 40 minutes before returning its verdict at 4:25 p.m.

Following the verdict Polanco-Cano, was returned to Lancaster County Prison on $1 million bail and will be sentenced after a background check. He faces a maximum 20 to 40 year prison sentence on his conviction.

“By this verdict, justice was served,” First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen said after winning the conviction. “The first-responders – including police, firefighters and medics – performed life-saving efforts without which the victim likely would have died.”

The 49-year-old Lancaster woman was stabbed October 2, 2015, inside a home in the 500 block of Howard Avenue, which belonged to a mutual friend of Polanco-Cano and the victim. The victim sustained wounds to her head, neck and chest, and survived after emergency surgery.

The victim testified along with Polanco-Cano who claimed self-defense, which the jury rejected.