West Columbia man sentenced to 23 years in prison for attempted murder

Man sentenced for trying to kill his ex-wife
Updated: Jun. 25, 2018 at 5:35 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after attempting to kill his ex-wife at the Cayce Riverwalk.

Joshua Brown, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder on June 22, stabbed his former spouse 20 times over her body on August 11, 2015. According to the victim, she agreed to meet with Brown at the Riverwalk to discuss their separation. She testified that, as they were walking, Brown became angry with her and confronted her with a knife. The woman initially suffered stab wounds to her chest, torso, arms, and hands.

The victim said that Brown pulled her off the path and up a wooded incline after stabbing her. Brown, then, stabbed her in the back 10 times while she was lying face down. The victim testified that she "played dead" in order to stop the assault. She said Brown covered her with leaves before leaving the scene.

The victim was able to walk to the river to seek help. She later submerged herself in the water and floated downstream to Granby Landing dock. The victim said she held in the dock for two hours before a kayaker found her and called 911 for help.

Brown was later arrested at his girlfriend's house on August 12, 2015.

"Domestic Violence will always be a priority. Violent offenders must be held accountable in order to protect victims, families, and eliminate these crimes within our community," Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard said.

Brown has been taken to the South Carolina Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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