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  • Christmas stabbing leads to prison term

  • A Medford man who stabbed his wife multiple times on Christmas Day last year was sentenced Friday to 71/2 years in state prison for attempted murder.
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  • A Medford man who stabbed his wife multiple times on Christmas Day last year was sentenced Friday to 71/2 years in state prison for attempted murder.
    Antoine Ramone Coleman, 45, initially walked away from the plea deal on Monday, but decided to forgo trial and accept the sentence handed down by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Ravassipour.
    Ravassipour told Coleman Monday that the plea deal, which included dropping charges of first- and second-degree assault, wasn't going to get any sweeter and gave him until 11:30 a.m. Friday to make his final decision on the plea.
    She gave Coleman credit for time served in the Jackson County Jail, where he has been lodged since Christmas, and tacked on three years of post-prison supervision.
    Laura Cromwell, a deputy district attorney prosecuting the case, recounted the violent attack during the sentencing.
    She said Coleman and his 37-year-old wife, Annette Coleman, "shot up" methamphetamine immediately prior to him attacking her at a residence in the 300 block of North Peach Street.
    The couple have been married for 14 years and had a history of using drugs together, Cromwell said.
    Antoine Coleman became "extremely paranoid" after the couple injected the drug, and he picked up a steak knife, threatening to kill his wife and slit her throat, Cromwell said.
    When the steak knife broke during the assault, Antoine Coleman grabbed a butcher knife, eventually stabbing Annette Coleman multiple times in the chest, back and arm.
    Annette Coleman managed to escape the home through a back sliding-glass door while her husband chased after her with a knife in his hand.
    "Luckily, because of the copious amount of blood on the floor, he ends up slipping on that blood and is unable to capture her," Cromwell said.
    Addressing the court, Antoine Coleman said he was in a methamphetamine-induced craze during the time of the attack.
    "From the bottom of my heart I am sorry, that really was not me, her husband, the kids' father that made that assault. I was in a drug-induced stupor, completely crazed ... I had no control over myself," he said.
    Antoine Coleman has four children, he said, who were not present during the assault.
    "There is no way for me to change the situation. My hope is that one day she can find it in her heart to forgive me, somehow," he said.
    Annette Coleman also spoke prior to his sentencing.
    "There is not a day that goes by that I am not reminded in some way that my husband, the father of my children, the man I spent 14 years of my life with, tried to kill me," Annette Coleman said, in a shaky, emotional voice. "I will never forget how I pled with you to stop. ... How I reminded you that I was the mother of your children, and you went back for another knife."
    Following the attack, Annette Coleman fled to a neighbor's house to call 911 and was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Cromwell and police said.
    Annette Coleman has been enrolled in drug rehabilitation classes since the incident and said a silver lining of the assault is that she is still alive and the best mother she has ever been.
    Antoine Coleman's attorney, Alyssa Bartholomew, told the court her client is "a wonderful person and he is a really good dad. ... I know that there is good in him and I know that he can persevere through this."
    In 2013, Antoine Coleman was ordered by the state of Oregon to pay his wife $426 a month for each of their children. In addition, he was ordered to pay $7,242 in past child support.
    Since 1996, Coleman has been convicted of two counts of manufacturing a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance within 100 feet of a school, two counts of fourth-degree assault, recklessly endangering another person, second-degree criminal mischief, delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of methamphetamine, delivery of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, attempt to commit a Class A felony and resisting arrest.
    Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.
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