- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) - A Webb City man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stabbing another man near Carthage.

The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/1BG3QyM ) reports Alex “Paco” Martinez was sentenced Monday for Daniel D. Simmons’ stabbing. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault as part of a plea deal on April 13.

Simmons testified that in 2013 Martinez came to his home with friends and approached him about a sum of money that Simmons owed. Simmons said that he informed Martinez that he could not pay him yet.

Simmons said that when he stepped into a bedroom to have a discussion with his girlfriend, Martinez shoved the door open, striking his girlfriend.

Simmons testified a struggle ensued with Martinez and another man. He said an artery in his neck was slashed and he was stabbed three times in the abdomen and back.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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