Springfield man gets 28 years for stabbing doctor

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Springfield (AP) -- A Springfield man who stabbed and wounded an emergency room doctor has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

 

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 attempted murder.

 

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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