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Teen sentenced in 2013 stabbing of cousin in Oconee Co.

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WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Oconee County teen was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison on Thursday for a 2013 stabbing which nearly killed his cousin.

A jury found 17-year-old Laquavius Cleveland guilty of attempted murder and weapons charges for the July 2013 attack.

In July of 2013, Cleveland and his cousin met to discuss the purchase of a handgun and some marijuana, according to solicitor Chrissy Adams.

After test firing the gun in his backyard, Cleveland returned to the car where the victim was waiting and began stabbing him, according to Adams.

Adams said the victim was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he remained for four days due to the multiple life-threatening stab wounds.

Cleveland was arrested later that night.

Judge Alex Macaulay sentenced Cleveland to 22 years in prison on the attempted murder charge with 5 years consecutive on the possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

"The reckless actions of Laquavius Cleveland nearly resulted in the death of his cousin," said Adams in a press release. "While the defendant was 16 at the time, he committed a serious and violent crime that was deserving of today's verdict and sentence. Fortunately, the victim did survive and we pray for his continued recovery."

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