A 46-year-old man accused of stabbing a woman outside a Wal-Mart store in New Braunfels last summer has been sentenced to life in prison.
Juan Leandro Villarreal, a New Braunfels resident, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a Comal County court official. He stabbed a 64-year-old woman when he tried to steal her purse last July.
The victim was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital and survived the attack. Villarreal was found a couple of hours later by New Braunfels police. He led investigators on a chase until he was discovered hiding behind bushes in a wooded area around the Little League baseball fields on Loop 337, according to news reports.