Scorned Ex-Boyfriend Attempts Slasher-Murder, Dealt 22 Years-to-Life
Photo: Jason Scott Gustin
LOS ANGELES – Breaking up is hard to do. Sadly, mayhem ensued when an Azusa man severely attacked his ex with a knife five days after the breakup.
“A 21-year-old man was sentenced today to 22 years-to-life in state prison for slashing his teenage ex-girlfriend’s throat in 2016.” said the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Jason Scott Gustin’s nearly two-year relationship came to an end on 8/17/16, however a few days later, Gustin convinced his 17-year-old former girlfriend to meet him near Arcadia.
The testimony at trial described the two sitting and talking in Gustin’s car, when he pulled out a knife and slashed his ex’s throat. As Gustin attempted to strangle her, the victim tried to flee. The back of her neck was slashed, the entire length of her right thigh was gashed, and her arm was stabbed.
“When the victim was finally able to get herself out of the vehicle, she ran nearly a quarter of a mile to a nearby convalescent home,” said the prosecutor. Witness testimony described Gustin’s chase – as a nurse locked the doors and prevented his entry.
A short time later, Gustin was arrested when he showed up at his mother’s workplace. L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. Temple Station conducted the investigation.
The jilted boyfriend was found guilty of attempted murder and mayhem on Oct. 9, 2018. A special allegation for inflicting great bodily injury for circumstances involving domestic violence was found true by the jury. Using a knife during the commission of the crime was included for good measure – all leading to yesterday’s life sentence.