Virginia "Butt Slasher" Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

Johnny Pimentel will spend seven years in prison

Friday, Sep 6, 2013  |  Updated 4:20 PM EDT
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The man who pleaded guilty to slashing nine women’s posteriors with an X-Acto knife in Fairfax County, Va., will spend seven years in prison.

Johnny Pimentel, a former day laborer, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday, but the judge suspended all but seven years of his sentence.

Pimentel pleaded guilty in June to four counts of malicious wounding and two counts of unlawful wounding. Pimentel was also given five years of probation, but it's likely he will be deported back to his native Peru.

Authorities say he targeted women at malls and shopping centers throughout the county and distracted his victims -- usually by knocking over clothing -- before slashing the victims with an X-Acto knife.

The series of attacks began in February 2011 and continued through July of that year.

None of the victims suffered serious physical injuries.

Pimentel was arrested near a shopping mall in Peru, in January 2012. He was extradited to the United States in December.

No motivation for the attacks has been revealed.

In a statement made during his sentencing hearing, Pimentel said, "I'm very remorseful for all the things that are occurring, and I ask you to pardon me."

A half dozen of Pimentel's family members and friends were in court to support him.

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