OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A former Creighton University student accused of slashing a fellow student’s neck has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years’ probation.
Twenty-year-old Christopher Wheeler was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Wednesday. He pleaded no contest in April to second-degree assault. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a charge of use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Police have said Wheeler entered the dorm room of a 19-year-old student he didn’t know in February 2017 and swiped at her neck with a pocketknife, scarring the woman but not seriously injuring her.
Wheeler had sought to argue that that his fraternity hazed him into a state of intoxication so severe that it caused his actions, but a judge ruled last month that he could not use that defense.