Note to criminals: Dressing like a ninja doesn’t mean you will actually become one

A ninja-dressed Cordova man who attacked the new husband of his former wife was found guilty on a lesser charge of assault.

Jeffrey Morton, 51, of 1334 Legrand Smoak Road, was originally charged with attempted murder in connection with the November knife attack.

After a two-day trial, jurors decided a lesser charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature was more appropriate and found him guilty on that charge.

Morton was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

If the attempted murder charge had been left in place, Morton could have been facing 30 years in prison.

Officials said during the Nov. 7, 2011 assault, the husband of Morton’s ex-wife was stabbed by a black-clad assailant lurking on the property early that morning.

The spouse, 44, told authorities he was leaving for work around 4:30 a.m. when he noticed a ninja-clad subject standing at the back of his car. He yelled to his wife to call 911 and then asked the subject what he was doing.

Ninja man then charged, stabbing the spouse with a knife, according to an incident report. A struggle ensued in which the spouse suffered several wounds, including a stab wound to the back.

During the fight, the spouse managed to yank his assailant’s black mask off and hold him until deputies arrived, the report said.

Authorities said the attack followed several instances of harassment and property destruction.

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