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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who stabbed another man in the chest at a Portland park two summers ago was sentenced Monday to almost six years in prison.

The sentence handed down in Multnomah County Circuit Court comes two months after 52-year-old James McClure pleaded no contest to assault. The district attorney’s office said a possible claim of self-defense led them to pursue a plea deal after originally pursuing charges of attempted murder and robbery.

A witness to the Aug. 26, 2016, attack told detectives that the victim, Kody King, was standing with a bicycle while waiting to use the bathroom at Couch Park. Suddenly, an arm holding a knife came from out of nowhere.

“He stabbed me in the heart,” King yelled after the knife plunged into his chest. When McClure tried to take King’s bike and clothing bag, a brief altercation ensued until King lost strength and collapsed, the witness said.

Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet said in a statement Monday that King, now 30, was dead for about 10 minutes before a team from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center brought him back to life.

“When he woke up in the hospital, he had no memory of the incident, no recollection of being in a relationship or even moving to Portland where he was working for about a year prior to the altercation with the defendant,” Overstreet said. “Today, he lives out of state with family members who have to care for him as a result of brain damage sustained during the time when he was medically considered deceased.”

McClure has dozens of convictions in a criminal history that dates to when he was 17.