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Man gets 22 years for attempted murder in Lombard stabbing

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 4:45 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 6:14 p.m. CST
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Demetrice Tompkins

The Chicago man found guilty of repeatedly stabbing his former girlfriend with a steak knife inside a Lombard condo unit was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Demetrice Tompkins, 49, 2341 E. 73rd St., Chicago, was convicted June 5 of attempted first-degree murder, armed violence and domestic battery.

The attack took place on Dec. 12, 2011 in Tompkins' brother's condo unit in the 2200 block of South Stewart Avenue in Lombard. The woman, who survived the attack, suffered seven stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

The victim was the mother of Tompkins' two sons.

Tompkins, who reportedly had an on-and-off relationship with the victim, had been out drinking before he confronted her in the bathroom of his brother's condo. The victim had a condo unit in the same complex.

Tompkins was arrested minutes after the attack in the victim's condo.

Tompkins originally was scheduled to be sentenced July 2, but the public defender, instead, filed a motion for a new trial, claiming that prosecutors did not prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Tompkins will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

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