The Associated Press
MEDFORD — An Oregon man was sentenced to 7½ years in prison after admitting he tried to kill his wife with a butcher knife on Christmas Day.
Antoine Coleman, 45, of Medford told the court at Friday’s hearing he was in a methamphetamine-induced craze when the attack occurred, the Mail Tribune newspaper reported.
“I had no control over myself,” the father of four said while offering an apology.
Coleman and his wife, Annette Coleman, have been married for 14 years and share a history of drug use, said Laura Cromwell, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case. They both used methamphetamine on Christmas.
Antoine Coleman became “extremely paranoid” after the couple injected the drug, and he picked up a steak knife, threatening to kill his wife and slit her throat, Cromwell said.
When the steak knife broke, Antoine Coleman grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed his wife in the chest, back and arm.
Annette Coleman escaped through a back sliding-glass door while her husband gave chase with a knife in hand.
“Luckily, because of the copious amount of blood on the floor, he ends up slipping on that blood and is unable to capture her,” Cromwell said.
Annette Coleman called 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house. She was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“There is no way for me to change the situation,” said Antoine Coleman, who has numerous drug convictions since 1996. “My hope is that one day she can find it in her heart to forgive me, somehow.”
Annette Coleman has been enrolled in drug rehabilitation classes since the incident. She told the court that the silver lining of the assault is that she is still alive and the best mother she has ever been.
“There is not a day that goes by that I am not reminded in some way that my husband, the father of my children, the man I spent 14 years of my life with, tried to kill me,” Annette Coleman said in a shaky, emotional voice. “I will never forget how I pled with you to stop. …How I reminded you that I was the mother of your children, and you went back for another knife.”
In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped assault charges in exchange for Coleman pleading guilty to attempted murder.
Antoine Coleman’s attorney, Alyssa Bartholomew, told the court her client is “a wonderful person and he is a really good dad.”