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Joliet man to serve 15-year sentence in attempted murder case

A Joliet man was sentenced to serve 15 years after he was convicted of attempting to murder his girlfriend by stabbing her in 2016.

Judge Edward Burmila initially imposed a 17-year sentence for Arthur Knox, 55, after finding him guilty of attempting to murder his former girlfriend Lisa Cummins by stabbing her, court records show.

Burmila changed his sentence to 15 years after granting a motion from Knox and his attorney, Jason Strzelecki, that argued the 17-year sentence was “excessive under the circumstances,” records show.

Strzelecki’s motion argued the 17-year sentence “ignores his potential to be a useful member of society” which was apparently demonstrated by “numerous programs he has taken to improve himself while in custody at the Will County Adult Detention Facility.”

Knox must serve 85% of his sentence and he was credited with 1,929 days already served in jail. The amount of time Knox may actually serve in prison is closer to 7 years and 5 months.

In a news release, officials with the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office said Knox stabbed Cummins multiple times in the neck, shoulder and abdomen on the morning of April 4, 2016, a couple of months after she ended her relationship with Knox.

Cummins, who was living at her sister’s residence, was walking on the driveway toward her vehicle when Knox came running at her with his hands up and wearing a hoodie over his head, officials said. She tried to run back toward the house, slipped and fell, at which time Knox got on top of her and began stabbing her.

“No one should have to live in abject fear because they have ended a relationship — and yet, the risk of extreme violence increases once someone leaves their abuser,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said in a statement.

Glasgow said it was a miracle Cummins survived “because any single one of the callously inflicted stab wounds could have ended her life.”

“Although he will spend time in prison, nothing can make up for the permanent physical and emotional scarring Ms. Cummins suffered during this barbaric attack,” Glasgow said.

Glasgow commended Assistant State’s Attorneys Alyson Wozniak and Sarah Shutts, as well as Victim Witness Advocate Danette Pasdertz, for their “selfless dedication in seeking justice in this case,” officials said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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