127 stab wounds: Cabbie killer gets 60 years in prison

Shota Mekoshvili, 29, is arrested for the stabbing death of a Stamford cab driver.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who was convicted of killing a cab driver who was stabbed 127 times has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after having testified that he acted in self-defense.

Shota Mekoshvili was sentenced to the maximum prison time on a murder conviction Tuesday in Stamford Superior Court.

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Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Stamford man killed Mahomed Kamal during a botched robbery in August 2014.

Mekoshvili testified he was defending himself when the 47-year-old cab driver tried to have sex with him after driving him to a quiet neighborhood in Stamford. He said he wrestled the knife away from Kamal before stabbing him.

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Judge John Blawie called the killing an act of torture.

Kamal’s wife asked for the maximum sentence, but said it wouldn’t erase the pain of losing her husband.