A Lancaster man was convicted of attempted murder and faces up to life in prison for attacking a moviegoer with a digital thermometer. A jury convicted Landry Boullard, of premeditated attempted murder in the assault, which attracted widespread attention because of the motive and the weapon. The victim had asked Boullard's female companion to stop talking on a cellphone during the movie.
The incident occurred at a Lancaster cineplex during a screening of “Shutter Island.” Witnesses testified that Boullard and a companion had been talking throughout the film, disturbing several people when the woman's cellphone rang and she began a conversation. The victim asked the female to stop using the cellphone. Another woman seated nearby “said the victim was rather polite when he said it, nicer than he needed to be.”
But words were exchanged and Boullard stormed out, then returned and stabbed the victim with the five inch long thermometer. A friend of the victim and a stranger leaped to his aid. Boullard fled. But the brief assault was brutal. The digital thermometer punctured the neck of the victim, a 27-year-old man who was accompanied by his fiancée. The victim also sustained blows to the head, causing bleeding in the brain that resulted in a coma. He nearly died and remained hospitalized for five weeks. He continues to suffer from blurred vision in his right eye and other medical problems. The two men who tried to help suffered minor puncture wounds.
Boullard, who admitted to four prior felonies, ultimately was convicted on other charges related to the attack and for illegally possessing a firearm. Five witnesses identified Boullard. Boullard’s attorney had argued during the trial that his client may have meant to fight, but not to inflict harm. The jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours before returning a verdict. Sentencing is scheduled in the Antelope Valley Superior Court.
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