Justin Handshoe

Man who attacked roommates with box cutter sentenced to 17 years

A Winter Haven man, who stabbed two roommates with a box cutter in 2018, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Justin Handshoe, 35, pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, which are second degree felonies.

Justin Handshoe

Justin Handshoe

Handshoe attacked his roommates, a man and a woman, several days after he moved out of the apartment in May, 2018. Handshoe said he needed to move out because he lost his job. When he returned, the roommates thought he was picking up his belongings from the Winter Haven apartment.

For unknown reasons, Handshoe, upon entering the home, said, “Sorry, I got to do this,” and cut the man’s throat. When the woman jumped on Handshoe in an attempt to help the man, Handshoe stabbed her in the head before running from the home.

Both victims have fully recovered from their injuries.

Assistant State Attorney William Beaver prosecuted the case.

State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Beaver and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for their work on the case.


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