A Marriottsville man was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend in the neck during an argument in May.
Vincent Wayne King, 46, of the 11200 block of Old Frederick Road was given the sentence as part of a plea agreement in Howard Circuit Court for assault with intent to maim.
Judge Raymond Kane Jr. sentenced King to 15 years in prison with all but eight years of the term suspended.
Upon his release from jail, King must complete five years of supervised probation and avoid contact with the victim.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped four other counts against King, including attempted murder. King could have been sentenced to life in prison had he been convicted of attempted murder.
Prosecutors say King stabbed Gunda Miller, 49, with an 8-inch butcher knife during a May 20 argument at her home in the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane in Columbia's Harper's Choice village.
The couple got into an argument because Ms. Miller refused to let King drive to Westminster after he had been drinking alcohol, prosecutors say.
After the incident, Ms. Miller was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated for 16 days. She now is in physical therapy because of nerve damage from the stabbing.