A Sonora man who stabbed a man multiple times in Jupiter in August 2016 and later fled to Nevada for more than three months was found guilty of attempted murder on Friday.
John-Paul Schowachert, 34, was convicted of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon before Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge James Boscoe after the jury deliberated for about an hour, according to a District Attorney’s Office press release.
The special allegations levied on Schowachert, that he used a knife in the attack, that he acted with premeditation and inflicted great bodily injury on the victim, Shane Mackie, were also found to be true.
He faces up to 11 years to life prison, the press release said.
The case was prosecuted by Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg and the jury trial lasted three days.
Schowachert was represented by Sonora attorney David Beyersdorf.
Schowachert stabbed Mackie during an attack near Italian Bar Road and Diamond Placer Circle in Jupiter on Aug. 30, 2016.
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 28000 block of Italian Bar Road at about 7 p.m. They later said the victim was “specifically targeted.”
According to the District Attorney’s Office, three men including Schowachert accused Mackie of theft and attacked him. Mackie was punched and kicked in the head during the fight, and Schowachert stabbed him multiple times in the chest and abdomen. The men fled and Mackie was driven out of Jupiter to meet the deputies and receive medical attention.
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office first sought Cole John Andrew Cranstoun, then 18. When Cranstoun turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 1, 2016, and deputies issued a warrant for Schowachert’s arrest and broadcast that he was considered armed and dangerous.
Schowachert could be identified from facial tattoos of a "W" and a "P" on each cheekbone, the Sheriff’s Office said.
But Schowachert was gone. He wouldn’t be found until almost four months later, when the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about his location from a resident in Nye County, Nevada.
Authorities in Nye County placed Schowachert under arrest. He was later extradited to Tuolumne County to stand trial.
Schowachert will be sentenced on Aug. 13 in Department 2 of the Tuolumne County Superior Court.