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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A German district court has convicted a 19-year-old American of attempted manslaughter for stabbing the husband of a U.S. servicemember near Ramstein Air Base last year.

The teenager, whose name was not released, was sentenced last week to four years in a youth detention center in Schifferstadt, said Eberhard Bayer, the leading public prosecutor in Zweibrücken. The accused can appeal the decision.

The victim, whose wife was a U.S. servicemember at the time, was stabbed May 8. He was sitting in the passenger side of a car parked outside a townhouse in the village of Hütschenhausen when the teen lunged through the passenger-side window and stabbed him the chest with a knife, Bayer said.

The town of Hütschenhausen is about 5 miles from the west gate of Ramstein Air Base.

The victim’s wife rushed her husband to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a nearby U.S. Army hospital where doctors saved his life, the prosecutor said.

Both the victim and the teen knew each other, but were not considered good friends. They met each other through one of the teen’s roommates, Bayer said.

The teen said during the trial to being homosexual, and the prosecutor said the victim had rebuffed several sexual advances from the accused. Bayer said the victim’s rejection could have been the motive in the stabbing, but he did not give additional details.

The teen arrived in Germany in October 2004 to visit his brother, a U.S. soldier who lived in Landstuhl at the time, Bayer told Stars and Stripes. The accused later moved out and found work as a helper in a kitchen, the prosecutor said. In 2005, he began living with some of his co-workers from the kitchen.

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