Springfield (AP) -- A Springfield man who
stabbed and wounded an emergency room doctor has been sentenced to 28 years in
James Hughes erupted in anger and began
swearing at the judge at the end of his sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
Security guards quickly ushered the
48-year-old Hughes out of the courtroom.
Hughes was convicted in December of
In August 2010, he walked into a hospital
emergency room asking to see a specific doctor. When another doctor appeared,
he pulled a steak knife from his pants pocket and stabbed the woman in the
chest. She was lightly wounded.
His attorney, Joseph Miller, requested a
sentence at the lower end of the six- to 30-year sentencing range, citing
Hughes' mental problems.
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