Dundalk man gets 12 years in the stabbing of his girlfriend

March 22, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

A 33-year-old Dundalk man received a 12-year prison sentence yesterday for stabbing his girlfriend last July as she held their 2-year-old daughter, then barring her escape from their apartment for 13 hours.

James Russell Campbell of the 2900 block of Yorkway was convicted in December of the attempted murder of 30-year-old Debora Veronica Gotschall.

An argument between the two began about 1 p.m. July 5 and escalated until Campbell threatened to kill them all with a loaded shotgun, then stabbed the victim four times, according to Assistant State's Attorney Sandy Williams.

Campbell refused to let Ms. Gotschall leave, and as she lay bleeding and semiconscious, their daughter tried to feed her cookies, Ms. Williams said. When Campbell finally fell asleep at 2 a.m., the woman roused herself and ran to neighbors, who called the police.

Circuit Court Judge Christian M. Kahl imposed the sentence on Campbell, who is serving a five-year sentence for assault with intent to maim.

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