Man sentenced to 60 years in prison for attempting to kill his wife

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Monday morning, a Grayson County man got 60 years in prison for trying to kill his wife on the Fourth of July last year.

It was just the latest in a series of arrests for attacking her.

Joshua Simmons was charged with the attempted murder last year.

Earlier this year, he plead guilty.

"Texas has a habitual offender statute, and basically the third strike was 25 years. So that's what Mr. Simmons was looking at," District Attorney Brett Smith said.

An indictment stated in 2010, he spent six years behind bars for assaulting his wife.

And now, he's been sentenced to 60.

Prosecutors said an argument the night before the assault sent his wife to the hospital.

After that, the victim's mother, who also lived there, told Simmons…

"That he was no longer welcome in the home, and to leave. And they basically threw him out of the house which is what led to him coming back that night and assaulting her," Assistant District Attorney Donnie Carter said.

Smith said Simmons came back to the home in a rage.

"They found the victim with multiple stab wounds to the chest, and to the head and face," he said.

She was rushed to a local hospital.

"But for the grace of God, she's still alive today. And I think that's exactly where he needs to be…in prison for a long time," Smith said.

He said Simmons has a history of violence.

"Not only criminal violence against police officers, retaliation and family violence, things he'd been to prison for before. But he also had had prior incidents of violence with his wife," Smith said.

Brittian Bang has three daughters and lives down the street.

"And we came home late. And the events had already happened and there was cops everywhere. It was real scary that night," Bang said.

Bang said he thinks Simmons got what he deserved.

"I'm just sad it had to happen to such a great family," he said.