Man sentenced for attempted murder of ex-girlfriend

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Silver Spring man was sentenced for attempted first degree murder and other charges in the stabbing of his ex-girlfriend on Thursday.

Forty-nine-year-old Craig Smith was found guilty on three counts including Attempted First Degree Murder, First Degree Burglary and First Degree Assault last month. Thursday, he was sentenced to 40 years for the attempted murder (20 years for the first degree assault which merged) and 20 more years for the burglary, to run consecutively.

Smith stabbed his former girlfriend multiple times in her bedroom at her home in Gaithersburg in August 2013.

"People are entitled to feel safe in their bedroom, in their home," said Ramon Korionoff, Public Affairs Director for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office. "Mr. Smith's jealousy and rage aren't excuses to stab an ex-girlfriend 9 times. The victim in this case was very fortunate that we have some of the best surgeons in the country at our local hospitals otherwise she might have died. 60 years behind bars is an appropriate sentence."


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