On Monday, a New York State Supreme Court Justice handed down sentencing against 39-year-old Alexander Contompasis, an avowed member of Antifa, convicted for the brutal stabbing of two Proud Boys during the Albany “Stop The Steal” protest in January 2021. Justice Roger McDonough sentenced Contompasis to twenty years in prison.
Both of Contompasis’ victims survived and testified during his trial.
Assistant District Attorney Bryanne Perlanski and Justice McDonough both described the Antifa terrorist’s intentions that day in January. Perlanski told the court that Contompasis arrived at the New York Capitol Building with “violence in his mind and in his heart,” according to The Times Union.
McDonough told Contompasis during his sentencing that “toxicity in the body politic” moved him to stab the two Proud Boys and that he was forced to conclude that the Antifa member had gone to the Capitol explicitly “ready, willing, and able” to commit violence for political ends.
“That’s exactly what the defendant did. He violently, brutally stabbed political opponents of his — one of whom he eviscerated,” McDonough explained. “This wasn’t just a simple stab or an accidental stab or a ‘poke’ as the defendant attempted to describe it in his testimony. These were violent knife attacks.”
The Times Union provided a video breakdown of the attack at the Albany Capitol Complex.
Defense attorney Jasper Mills claimed that his client was on the ground during a brawl and was reacting to a person who was under attack.
“I understand that yes, these are traumatic events. I’m not trying to take away from any of that and I’m not trying to be insensitive to any of that,” Mills told the judge. “But on the other hand as well, judge, I think that there are no clean hands here.”
However, Perlanski was quick to note that Contompasis simultaneously claimed self-defense and that he did not stab the victims, saying that he couldn’t have it both ways, the Times Union reported.
Perlanski told the court that while the victims did engage in violence that day, neither of them brought a knife.
Mills began to suggest during sentencing that if his client hadn’t acted, other people may not have survived that day, however, Justice McDonough would have none of it, interrupting, “That’s exactly the justification defense that the jury rejected, correct?”
Update: Violent New York #Antifa member, Alexander Stokes Contompasis, was convicted & sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to kill two Proud Boys members in a stabbing attack. One of the victims said he forgave him. Contompasis is one of many violent Antifa journalists. https://t.co/h0Uie3oIBy pic.twitter.com/iezKLB9yak
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 22, 2022
During the sentencing phase, one of Contompasis’ victims told the court in a victim impact statement that he was attacked by a “maniacal radical” who nearly took his life.
“I’m not only left with several physical scars and pain but several mental and emotional scars as well,” the man said, explaining that he and his family relocated away from Albany. “I was nearly killed for simply expressing my constitutional rights under the First Amendment.”
Citing his prior service in the military, the victim asserted to the court that the member of Antifa is a “clear and viable threat to our society, specially those who think differently and have different viewpoints than he.”
The second victim to testify told the court that he forgave his attacker and urged the judge to be lenient in his sentencing, hoping that rather than a lengthy sentence the court would make a large part of his sentence community service with conservative organizations and Republican campaigns, “so that dialogue and communication can be open and creative.” He even offered a blessing, “God have mercy on you and God bless you.”
According to the Times Union, when offered the chance to speak, Contompasis declined. His attorney stated that they intend to appeal the conviction.