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WATERLOO — A Cedar Falls man has admitted to stabbing two people in 2016.

Adam Scott Jacobsen, 30, had been charged with two counts of attempted murder in the Oct. 17, 2016, attack, outside the University Studios apartments in Cedar Falls.

But as part of a plea agreement, Jacobsen on Monday pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and two counts of willful injury causing serious injury. In exchange, prosecutors will drop the attempted murder charges during an upcoming sentencing hearing.

Under the deal, Jacobsen will be sentenced to 25 years in prison for burglary, consecutive to two 10-year-sentences for willful injury for a total of up to 45 years behind bars, said Assistant County Attorney Israel Kodiaga. Each charge also carries a five-year mandatory minimum because a weapon was involved.

Jacobsen sat quietly and answered yes-and-no questions during the plea, and he said he was on medication for mental health reasons and had been on the current medications for about a year.

Chief Public Defender Aaron Hawbaker said he and Jacobsen had discussed possible insanity or diminished capacity defenses before Jacobsen decided to plead guilty.

The case was briefly put on hold in November while Jacobsen underwent an evaluation, which ultimately found he was competent to stand trial. Relatives said earlier Jacobsen suffers from schizophrenia but was unable to find a spot at a care facility and had been released from a hospitalization about two weeks before the stabbings.

Police said Jacobsen stabbed Jeffrey Miller 24 times and Denice Bennett eight times. Bennett’s boyfriend, who had just pulled up, drew a pistol and detained Jacobsen until police arrived. Jacobsen and Miller lived at the apartments, and Bennett was an assistant manager, police said. Both survived the attack.

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