Medford, OR. -- John Eric Young, the man accused of robbing a Chase Bank and stabbing two people in November of 2017, was sentenced to 24 years and 10 months in prison.
Today Judge Barnack directly addressed one of Young's stabbing victims, George Nye, before Young was sentenced. He said, "you're the victim, you come first, it's as simple as that."
George Nye was at the Chase Bank to deliver his rewritten will after his son died. Nye says he had the wills in his jacket pocket when Young approached him.
"All of a sudden I have some guy standing yelling in my ear, 'give me all your money give me all your money.' And I'm just being annoyed," says Nye.
Nye says Young tried to stab him when he refused to give him money.
"He hit my padded jacket and those wills in my pocket so he never penetrated," says Nye.
When Nye refused to give Young his car keys, Young tried to stab him again and cut his shoulder. Today Nye got up and gave a statement before the judge. Nye said he doesn't wish Young any ill harm.
"I hope he gets help in prison, but he needs to be there," says Nye.
Nye says this has not affected the way he goes about his daily life. He says his years as a pastor have taught him to be sensible and aware of the world around him
"Life is full of risks, but it's not going to slow me down or make me afraid. That's not going to happen," says Nye.