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A 23-year-old woman avoided jail time Wednesday after stabbing her blind date last year in a Las Vegas-area hotel room to get “revenge” for the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
While on a blind date with Daniel Trevino, a man she connected with on the dating app Plenty of Fish, Nika Nikoubin blindfolded Trevino and stabbed him in the neck with a kitchen knife while the two were having sex in a hotel room, according to police, 8 News Now reported. Nikoubin, who came to the U.S. from Iran when she was 12, was indicted last year by a Las Vegas grand jury on charges of attempted murder and two counts of battery, and she later agreed to plead guilty to two counts of false imprisonment with the use of a deadly weapon. Instead of a jail sentence, Judge Carli Kierny ordered Nikoubin to serve three years of probation.
Trevino, who survived the stabbing, told Kierny that he has “the scars to show for it,” adding that he has “chosen to forgive but whatever the law decides to do, that’s up to the law.”
Bodycam footage from law enforcement obtained by 8 News Now showed Nikoubin telling officers that she stabbed Trevino out of “spite and revenge” for the drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Soleimani in January 2020.
“I mean the U.S. killed Soleimani. Lots of blood spilled,” she said. “So, I feel like, it’s fair that American blood be spilled.”
“We were drinking a little bit and then — I guess we started to get into it and then I stabbed him,” Nikoubin added.
Nikoubin’s lawyer argued that Nikoubin had a psychotic episode during the stabbing, and Kierny cited Nikoubin’s mental health issues as the reason she sentenced her to probation. The 23-year-old also told the judge she was raped when she was 18 and “did not fully realize the impact that this experience had on me and my mental health deteriorated.” Nikoubin also claimed she was in a mental health facility for ten days before meeting Trevino.
Nikoubin attended classes at a university in her home state of Texas while under house arrest, but a police representative for the university said their department did not know she was on house arrest in their jurisdiction. The judge said it appeared that the agency in Dallas monitoring Nikoubin only tracked her location and did not check to see if she had violated her curfew or other provisions. Nikoubin was later banned from the university’s campus, but her lawyer argued she did not violate any terms of her house arrest and said she did not have a connection to any terrorist organization.