Groom stabbed self as nuptials neared
By Michael N. Westley
The Salt Lake Tribune
A 24-year-old Sandy man found stabbed at his apartment Saturday while family members waited for him to arrive at his wedding has told police his injuries were self-inflicted.
Kent Sadler initially reported he had been attacked by an unknown assailant. Paramedics found him lying at the bottom of a flight of stairs near his unit of the Legends at River Oaks apartment complex, 9425 S. Riverside Drive.
But on Wednesday, Sadler’s father called Sandy police and invited them to the hospital, where Sadler confessed to staging the incident.
Sadler stabbed himself three times in the chest and abdomen areas and another three times in the left side of his neck, said Sgt. Michelle Burnette.
“He said there were a lot of things going on in his life. The breaking point was Saturday afternoon,” Burnette said.
Sadler was supposed to be married around 5:30 p.m. in Layton. But around 5:15 p.m., a neighbor heard what sounded like thumping down the stairs. Sadler was found lying in a pool of blood, a knife by his side, around 6:20 p.m., police said. He was flown to LDS Hospital in critical condition.
Sadler remains in the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. His family issued the following statement Thursday:
“[We are] grateful for the support from the community and regret any unnecessary concern created because of this incident. Kent and his fiancee are working through this crisis together and are cooperating with the police department.”
Charges are being screened against Sadler for filing a false police report, a class B misdemeanor, Burnette said.
A conviction carries a possible sentence of up to six months in jail.