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Lakewood woman tells judge she played dead to survive 2017 stabbing attack

Man was sentenced to 25 years in prison
Posted at 10:09 AM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 12:14:05-05

GOLDEN, Colo. — At a sentencing hearing, a woman told the judge that she believed she was still alive because she had played dead when a suspect stabbed her and cut her neck.

David Andrew Gladu, 47, pleaded guilty on Jan. 3 to first-degree assault and theft. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Feb. 11.

On Oct. 2 2017, the woman was working from home organizing billiard tournaments with the American Poolplayers Association. She had worked with Gladu for four years, but had known him for about 15. Gladu came over to her home to drop off and pick up documents, according to the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

For unknown reasons, he started to stab the woman. He had brought a kitchen knife from his home. The attack was “completely unprovoked," the DA's Office said.

Gladu cut the woman’s neck and when the knife broke, he picked up scissors and continued to stab her.

At his sentencing hearing, the woman told the judge that she fell to the ground and played dead in hopes that he would leave. She said he kicked her two or three times to see if she would react and then left.

Gladu faces 25 years in prison.