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Thermometer stabber sentenced to more than 40 years in prison

January 21, 2011 |  1:17 pm

A man who stabbed a moviegoer in the neck with a digital thermometer at a Lancaster showing of the horror movie “Shutter Island” was sentenced Friday to more than 40 years in state prison.

Landry Boullard, 40, was convicted last month of one count of willful, deliberate, premeditated attempted murder; two counts of assault with a deadly weapon; and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky sentenced him to a minimum of 40 years and four months in prison and ordered him to pay $21,000 in restitution to the victim.

Boullard lashed out with the digital thermometer during a packed showing of the Martin Scorsese movie in February 2010 after the victim complained that Boullard's female companion was talking too loudly on her cellphone.

After the complaint, Boullard, the woman and another man left the theater, and a few minutes later, Boullard returned with the thermometer. He left the victim in a coma with a brain injury, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Sherwood.

Two good Samaritans who intervened in the attack suffered minor injuries.


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