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In asking for the 200-month sentence, prosecutor C. Blair Buccicone reminded the judge of a “hit list” Nyane had in his pocket that day he attacked Melcher. Uncontrolled rage, not mental illness, caused him to stab her, Buccicone said.
Nyane, speaking in broken English, said he tried to get help for the deep depression he sank into after he lost custody of his son. Then, crying, he said, “My child is everything to me.”
“Every day is a nightmare for me,” he said. “What I did, that behavior wouldn’t get me my son back.”
As he was led out of the courtroom, Nyane thanked three women sitting in the front row of the gallery. Outside the chamber, a group of Melcher’s supporters gathered in the hallway, lining up to hug her. County Attorney Tony Palumbo, who attended the hearing, called Melcher a tremendous person and said he hoped Nyane got the treatment he needed in prison.
Standing next to her husband, Melcher said that it felt good to hear Nyane apologize for the first time and that she was glad it was the last time she would have to come to court.
“I’m thankful to be here,” she said with a big smile.