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Ashland attempted murder suspect also tried to stab wife

ASHLAND — An Ashland man charged with attempted murder in a stabbing last week is accused of attacking his wife with a knife in the same incident.

According to an indictment filed Nov. 10, prosecutors allege that Benjamin Williamson, 32, caused "physical injury to Gwynydd Williamson by means of a knife, a dangerous weapon."

Williamson, who was formally arraigned on the indictment Wednesday, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and third- and fourth-degree domestic assault.

The attempted murder, first-degree and second-degree assault charges all fall under the minimum sentencing requirements of Measure 11, leaving Williamson facing a possible 26 years in prison on those charges alone if convicted.

According to the Ashland Police Department,  Williamson stabbed 34-year-old Sean Gardner multiple times after finding him inside Williamson's home with his wife Nov. 3. According to police, Gwynydd Williamson and Gardner knew each other, and he had been visiting since earlier in the evening.

After allegedly attacking his wife, Williamson left the house, but later called 911 to turn himself in. Gardner was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment of multiple stab wounds.

Williamson, whose only criminal record in Jackson County is a vehicle registration violation from 2003,  is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Reach reporter Thomas Moriarty at 541-776-4471, or by email at tmoriarty@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ThomasDMoriarty.