US college student who stabbed date over Iranian leader's death to serve no jail time

August 6, 2023

An American woman who allegedly stabbed her online date in 2020 to avenge a 2020 drone strike on Iran's Soleimani will not spend time in jail.

Nika Nikoubin, 23, was charged with attempted murder and other charges related to the incident against Daniel Trevino.

The background

Judge Carli Kierny sentenced Nikoubin to serve three year's probation on Wednesday. Nikoubin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Iran when was 12, told the court she suffers from mental health issues including diagnoses for severe depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder," Fox News reported.

"Nikoubin reportedly met Trevino on the dating platform Plenty of Fish and the two rented a room together at the Sunset Station hotel. While in the room, KLAS reported, the two started to have sex when Nikoubin blindfolded Trevino, turned off the lights and stabbed him in the neck with a knife," it added.

The argument

"Her lawyer said the stabbing incident was a psychotic episode," the New York post reported.

"Nikoubin told the judge she had been raped when she was 18 years old and she 'did not fully realize the impact that this experience had on me and my mental health deteriorated.' She also claimed she had been in a mental health facility for 10 days prior to meeting Trevino at the hotel," it continued.

The details

"In March 2022, Nikoubin, 22, blindfolded her Plenty of Fish date, reached into her purse while his eyes were covered, pulled out a knife and stabbed him twice in the neck as part of a twisted revenge plot to 'spill American blood,'" the Daily Mail reported.

"She says she did so in retaliation after former President Donald Trump ordered the assassination by drone strike of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani outside Baghdad Airport in January 2020," it continued.

The student appeared remorseful before the court and said the incident was a wake up call regarding her own mental health issues.

She will now remain under probation and mental health care as her situation is monitored following the judge's ruling.

The conclusion comes more than three years after the Iranian military leader's death as Iran continues its accusations against the U.S. in the situation.

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