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  • Medford man takes plea deal offered for Christmas stabbing of his wife

  • A Medford man who stabbed his wife on Christmas Day was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for attempted murder today.
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  • A Medford man who stabbed his wife on Christmas Day was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for attempted murder today.
    Antoine Ramone Coleman, 45, initially walked away from the plea deal on Monday, which included dropping charges of first-degree assault and second-degree assault.
    Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Ravassipour gave him until 11:30 a.m. today to make his final decision on the plea.
    When he returned to court today, she sentenced Coleman, giving him credit for time served in the Jackson County Jail, where he has been lodged since Christmas, and tacking on three years of post-prison supervision.
    Addressing the court, Coleman said he was in a methamphetamine-induced "stupor, completely crazed," when he stabbed his wife multiple times first with a steak knife that broke during the violent assault and then a butcher knife.
    "I'm sorry ... I love you," he told 37-year-old Annette Coleman, who was present during the sentencing.
    — Sam Wheeler
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