A man accused of stabbing another person outside of a Corpus Christi Lowe's last year, is facing 25 years in prison and two counts of aggravated robbery.
The suspect, Juan Sanchez, took a plea deal in court today after he was accused of shoplifting from the Lowe's on Airline in July 2017. He was then stopped by an employee and customer outside. The altercation escalated and that's when Ronny Fritz stepped in.
Sanchez allegedly stabbed Fritz twice, once in the arm and chest.
Fritz, a 45-year old father of six from the Austin area spent the July 4th holiday fighting for his life. Today, KRIS 6 heard from him for the first time, as he faced his attacker in court. Fritz had some words for Sanchez.
"So I'm not angry with you," Fritz said. "I don't hate you, and I want you to know, and I'll admit that it's hard for me to say, but I forgive you."
As Fritz stood face-to-face the man who almost took his life, he said he's not mad anymore. 25 years in prison is fair, and just.
"I want justice to be served, but it's not out of malice," Fritz said. "I hope that you are a better person when you come out of it."
Fritz said he is still dealing with injuries but they aren't expected to be life-long. And he considers himself lucky after the incident, because it could've been worse.
"It's not about the stuff he was taking," Fritz said. "Stuff is not important. But people are, and that was my concern."
Fritz told KRIS 6 after the hearing that if he encountered a similar situation, he would still try to help. He would just do it differently.