From Escape from Alcatraz
Ten years ago, I was in this bar in Alabama when two dudes started hassling me. That was their first mistake. They pulled knives. That was their second mistake. They didn't know how to use them. That was the last mistake they ever made. I got two 99-year sentences, back to back.
Seems like you could've pleaded self-defense.
The dudes were white, man. Just like you.