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Douglas County man sentenced to 39 years in prison for 2018 stabbing of his mother

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Posted at 5:04 PM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 19:04:35-05

DENVER – A Douglas County man was sentenced to 39 years in prison after he was convicted in December of attempted murder in an attack on his girlfriend and mother in 2018.

A jury found Samuel Edward Wise, 32, guilty of five counts, including attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and felony menacing, after he assaulted his girlfriend at his home in unincorporated Douglas County in May 2018.

He also tried to break down a door with an axe and stabbed his mother in the neck when she intervened, according to prosecutors.

When Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Wise was holding a knife in the driveway. He was taken into custody after allegedly lunging at deputies.

District Court Judge Theresa Slade said Wise’s mother was lucky to have survived the attack.

“We’re thankful that the level-headed response of these deputies saved this family from what could have been even more heartache,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Valerie Brewster, who was one of the prosecutors on the case.