A Paso Robles woman was sentenced yesterday to nearly ten years in state prison for stabbing a teen in the neck last year. The 16-year-old boy suffered serious injuries, but survived the attack. 25-year-old Michaela Jean Twyman gets nine years in state prison, after pleading no contest last month to counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Her attorney said that the assault was related to a then-untreated mental illness.
The incident occurred at a trailer owned by Twyman in the Woodland Plaza II parking lot on Niblick road. That’s the Walmart parking lot. That was on January 14th, of last year.
The 16-year-old victim fled to a local business after he was stabbed. He underwent emergency surgery at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. Twyman was located two days later while walking on the railroad tracks just south of San Miguel.
Her attorney calls the case another example of how a broken mental health system impacts the state’s courts and prisons.
Twyman will stay at the county jail until she’s transferred to California Department of Corrections for prison placement.