A man convicted of attempting to murder his estranged wife at her Knights Landing home in 2001 has been denied parole.
The Yolo County District Attorney's Office announced that a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings on Thursday denied parole for Javiad Akhtar, determining he would pose a continued risk to public safety if he were released from prison.
In 2001, Akhtar, in violation of a restraining order, went to the home of his estranged wife and their two children, cut the phone line to the house and broke in through a side window. When his wife and children returned home, Akhtar came out of a back room and shot his wife with a BB gun as she tried to flee, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. Authorities said he struck her in the head with the gun, causing the gun to break.
Akhtar then dragged his wife into the kitchen where he stabbed her repeatedly in head, throat and other parts of the body.
Authorities said the attack occurred in front of Akhtar's two children. After attacking his wife, Akhtar put the children in the car. When his 10-year-old daughter asked him why he hurt her mother, Akhtar reportedly told the girl to be quiet or he would throw her under the wheels of the vehicle.
About 12 hours after the attack, Akhtar's wife was found severely injured. She was taken by air ambulance to an area hospital and survived the attack.
On March 30, 2002, a Yolo County jury found Akhtar guilty of attempted premeditated murder, torture, cutting a phone line, violation of a restraining order and child abuse. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Now 54 years old, Akhtar is incarcerated at the California Institution for Men in Chino. He will be eligible for parole again in three years.