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Missouri man to spend 28 years in prison for attack

Sometimes, in the heat of the moment people do things out of the ordinary. However, the mere accusation of a crime in Kansas can impact all aspects of a defendant's life; ending relationships and even lead to job dismissal. It is important to remember that anyone accused of a crime is innocent until their guilt can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Earlier this month, a 27-year-old Missouri man was sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for a September 2010 attack that nearly killed a Prairie Village woman.

According to court documents, the man pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and attempted first-degree murder. A Johnson County judge sentenced him to 28 years and five months in prison. As he imposed the lengthy sentence, the judge said he was taking into account the man's previous convictions for various criminal activity including domestic violence and theft.

Court records indicate the man drove roughly an hour to the woman's Prairie Village home. When she answered the door, he attacked her, slitting her throat with a knife -- nearly killing her. According to the assistant prosecutor, if the man's weapon had gone less than a millimeter further into her neck, it would have cut her carotid artery.

In addition to attacking the woman, court records state that the defendant also left money on the woman's table.

When the woman did not make it to work, coworkers asked the police to check on her. When they arrived at her house, the officers found the woman unconscious with broken bones in her skull and face. She was curled in a ball and covered in blood from her neck injury, court documents indicate.

The woman told the court she knew the man. She had hired him to do some minor repairs around her house. However, she does not understand why he tried to kill her. During the hearing, she said she believed she had been kind to the man.

At the sentencing, the man tried to withdraw his guilty plea, but the judge would not allow him to do so and ordered the sentencing to proceed as scheduled.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "28 years for near-fatal attack on Prairie Village woman," Joe Lambe, Dec. 12, 2011.

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