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October 10, 2014 at 2:38 PM

2 men each sentenced to 25 years for brutal Kirkland home invasion

Two men who attacked another man with knives during a vicious home-invasion in Kirkland a year ago were each sentenced Friday to just over 25 years in prison.

Blessing Gainey, 20, and  Vincent “Vinny” Sisounong, 22, each pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and first-degree burglary last month. Both charges carried weapons enhancements, and prosecutors had recommended the men each serve just over 25 years in prison.

“Pleasure and greed” were the motives behind the random assault on the then-18-year-old victim, who was staying in his parent’s home less than two miles from Sisounong’s apartment when he was dragged from bed and attacked with knives in the basement early on Oct. 12, 2013, according to charging papers.

Police say Sisounong wanted the victim to “fight for his life” and enjoyed harming him, while Gainey “fed off” the other man’s energy, according to charging papers.

Gainey was identified from fingerprints found in the victim’s bedroom and was arrested at a library in Burien on Oct. 24.

He identified Sisounong, who was arrested Oct. 25 at Green River Community College, the charges say. Knives and clothing stained with blood were later found in Sisounong’s apartment, according to the charges.

The victim, who was a stranger to his attackers, suffered deep cuts to his leg, shoulder and head and underwent surgery at Harborview Medical Center, the court documents said.

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