- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 29-year-old western Michigan woman convicted of attempted murder for attacking her sleeping mother and stepfather with an axe and a knife has been sentenced to 15 to 45 years in prison.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (https://bit.ly/1mRTx8m ) Amber Wilson learned her punishment Monday in Kent County Circuit Court. A jury earlier convicted her.

Defense lawyer Val Foster argued Wilson’s sentence should be lessened because she had a head injury when she was 16 that, since then, altered her behavior.

Authorities say Wilson told her mother and stepfather they were “going to die” before swinging an axe at them. The attack happened March 6, 2013, in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming.

Police say Harold Clarke and Pamela Wilson escaped and flagged down a patrol car. Their injuries weren’t life-threatening.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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