Man Charged With Stabbing Adoptive Fathers in Sherman Oaks

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VAN NUYS (CNS) - A 21-year-old man was charged today with repeatedly stabbing his two adoptive fathers at their home in Sherman Oaks. Matthew Boulet is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 23 in a Van Nuys courtroom on two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated mayhem stemming from the attack early Tuesday in the 4600 block of Burnet Avenue. 

The charges include allegations that Boulet used a knife in the commission of the attack and inflicted great bodily injury on the two victims. Boulet allegedly stabbed one of his adoptive fathers multiple times in the neck, body, face, arms and ears, and stabbed his other adoptive father multiple times in the face, arms and body when that man tried to intervene, according to prosecutors. A pocket knife was recovered. 

Boulet was arrested early that morning by Los Angeles police. Neighbors identified the victims as Tom Boulet and Ken Coll, an openly gay couple who adopted Matthew Boulet when he was a boy.``Tom and Ken have been very significant on our block, great role models of parenthood,'' neighbor Florence Riggs told ABC7. 

She said she had no idea what may have prompted the attack, but said she hoped ``it's all going to be rectified in some way where everyone will heal.''Authorities said the suspect was apparently home from college for the summer when the stabbing occurred.If convicted as charged, Matthew Boulet could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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