About three years after a husband and wife were "savagely attacked" by a "knife-wielding intruder" as they slept, an Illinois man has plead guilty to attempted first-degree murder.
Zachary Machnikowski, 21, has been charged with entering a Naperville home and stabbing the "innocent couple" in their bed with a large kitchen knife when he was 18, according to a release from DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. He said he was guilty of one count of Attempt First Degree Murder and one count of Home Invasion, both of which are felonies.
The plea came in a Friday court hearing after prosecutors agreed to drop other charges against him, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"Machnikowski admitted that in the middle of the night, he broke into an innocent couple’s home, armed himself with a large kitchen knife, went upstairs and savagely attacked them while they slept,” Berlin said in a release. The Daily Herald reported that the man used a 10-inch long serrated bread knife.
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"I can’t even begin to imagine the horror the couple must have felt when they were awoken in their own bedroom by a knife-wielding intruder," Berlin said.
Naperville officers had responded to the stabbing at about 1:30 a.m. on March 31, 2015. When they arrived, the husband and wife were covered in blood and had been stabbed in their faces, heads and backs, according to the release.
Machnikowski told authorities that he stabbed the couple because their daughter had told someone at a party that she thought he was ugly, the Daily Herald reported.
Officials told the newspaper that Machnikowski was angry the girl called him ugly, so he left the party and went to her parents' home through an unlocked back door. Then he attacked.
The girl's father was able to take the knife away from Machnikowski, so the man ran from the room while the wife called 911, the Chicago Tribune reported. When police arrived, they found the man hiding in bushes near the home.
Both parents survived with about eight stab wounds each, according to the Daily Herald.
Machnikowski is scheduled to be in court again on July 25. He faces anywhere between 12 to 60 years in prison, according to the attorney's office.