FARGO — A Fargo man who's been labeled a habitual offender was sentenced Monday, Jan. 27, to five years in prison for stabbing the father of his sister’s child with a knife — a crime captured on video.
In exchange for a guilty plea, an attempted murder charge was dropped against 25-year-old Patrick Andrew Jaden in Cass County District Court. He will serve five years for a Class C felony of aggravated assault, and he won't be able to apply for parole until he completes two years of his sentence.
The case stems from an April 21 fight outside an apartment complex, near the intersection of 25th Street South and 13th Avenue South.
Jaden told police he was leaving a friend’s apartment when he was confronted by Yohannes Vango, according to court documents.
Jaden told officers he heard Vango say he had a gun, but police never found the gun. The defendant argued he was defending himself.
A witness recorded a video that shows Jaden, who was wearing a red sweater, kicking Vango while Vango was on the ground. Jaden can be seen holding a knife and chasing Vango in the video, which The Forum obtained through a public records request.
“There isn’t a sniff of self-defense,” prosecutor Ryan Younggren said, adding that the video shows Jaden using a knife to stab the victim.
Vango was taken to Essentia Hospital to be treated for stab wounds to his chest, according to court documents. He survived a punctured lung.
Jaden’s sister has a child with Vango. The relationship between the two men was described as toxic, and tensions have been boiling for a long time, Younggren said.
The defendant has a criminal history that includes burglary, assault, robbery and drug charges. He was sentenced to probation in January 2019 for using a water gun to commit an apartment robbery in Moorhead. He also was involved in a 2015 robbery at a Fargo convenience store.
Proving an attempted murder charge, which carried a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison, can be hard, Younggren said. Aggravated assault, a Class C felony, is typically punishable by up to five years in prison, but the prosecution sought the habitual offender label for Jaden to give Judge Wade Webb the option of applying a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Webb approved the habitual offender label but declined to hand down the 10-year sentence, despite calling Jaden's actions a serious and egregious offense.
In his apology to the community and Vango, Jaden said he is tired of officers showing up at his door and he wants to work hard without a life of crime.
“I’m tired of living like this,” he said. “I just want to go home to my family.”