A Texas student, who stabbed an online date as a retaliation to the 2020 U.S. Drone strike that killed a military leader from Iran in 2020, will not be sent to jail.
Nika Nikoubin was charged with attempted murder, burglary, and battery with a dangerous weapon after she stabbed Daniel Trevino in the neck during sex they were having in a Las Vegas Hotel room in March 2022. Later, she pleaded guilty to two counts of false imprisonment using a deadly weapon.
On Wednesday, Judge Carli Kierny ordered Nikoubin’s three-year probation. KLAS reported that Nikoubin who came to the U.S. as a 12-year-old from Iran, told the court of her mental health problems, including severe depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Nikoubin met Trevino reportedly on the dating site Plenty of Fish. The two rented rooms together at the Sunset Station Hotel. KLAS reported that the two began to have sex in the room when Nikoubin blindfolded Trevino and turned out the lights. He then stabbed Trevino in the neck.
According to KLAS, Trevino told the court: “I’ve got scars.”
The prosecutor reportedly showed two puncture marks on Trevino’s neck to the grand jury. Nikoubin’s attorney argued that the attempted murder charge against her client was incorrect, as she didn’t intend to kill her partner. She wrote, “Nikoubin explicitly stated she did NOT wish to kill him, but only want to ‘hurt’ him.”
Trevino told the judge that he had forgiven Nikoubin, but “whatever the law decides, it’s up to them.”
In a report by the Henderson Police Department, Nikoubin claimed that he stabbed Trevino to avenge U.S. soldiers for killing Qassem Solimani during a drone strike in January 2020.
“I’m referring to the U.S. killing Soleimani.” She reportedly told officers that she had seen a lot of blood before being arrested. “I feel that it is fair to spill American blood.”
KLAS reported that Nikoubin’s lawyer claimed in court that the statements made by Soleimani are part of a psychotic incident.
Nikoubin said to the judge, “I was raped by another student when I was only 18 years old.” “At that time, I didn’t fully understand the impact this experience had on my mental health.”
She spoke of her 10 day stay in a mental facility before she arrived in Las Vegas to meet Trevino.
She said, “I was given a diagnosis of a variety of disorders, including severe depression and schizophrenia. I also have bi-polar disorder.” “These diagnoses deeply upset me, and I was honestly in denial. “Although I was prescribed medications to treat my disorders I struggled at first to follow my treatment plan.”
She apologized for her actions to Trevino by saying: “Most importantly, your honor, please accept my sincerest apologies, both to Daniel the victim and the State of Nevada.”
Kierny allowed Nikoubin the opportunity to complete her probation in Texas.