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A Teen Girl Called Him Ugly — So He Stabbed Her Parents As They Slept

Zachary Machnikowski pleaded guilty to stabbing the sleeping couple as revenge for their daughter's insult. 

By Jon Silman

A man from Illinois admitted he viciously stabbed a sleeping couple in their bedroom because their daughter called him ugly at a party. 

Zachary Machnikowski, 21, from Naperville, pleaded guilty to the crime in DuPage County Court Friday.

Machnikowski went to a party on March 31, 2015, according to the Chicago Tribune. He met a teenage girl there who allegedly made mean comments about his looks.

Originally, he was going to go to the girl's house and steal liquor, he told police, according to the Daily Herald. Instead, he decided to attack her parents.

He entered the house through an unlocked back door, grabbed a 10-inch serrated bread knife from the kitchen and then snuck into the bedroom where the couple was sleeping.

He started stabbing, Assistant State Attorney Tim Diamond said at the Friday hearing, but the father struggled and somehow got the knife away. Machnikowski ran away. The mother called police and they found Machnikowski covered in blood hiding in some bushes. The parents were treated for non-life threatening wounds.

"This morning, Zachary 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," State Attorney Robert Berlin said in a written statement. "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."

Machnikowski, who's been in jail since the attack, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and home invasion in exchange for prosecutors dropping other charges against him.

He'll be sentenced next month by Judge Liam Brennanm and he faces up to 60 years in prison. He'll have to serve a minimum of 12.

[Photo: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office]

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