(Editor's note: This article has been updated to include additional information about Joshua Cole Simmons' criminal history.)

A Sherman woman is reported to be in stable condition after her husband allegedly stabbed her multiple times and cut her throat Tuesday night. Police reports and a previous conviction indicate this isn't the first time the man has turned violent.

Sherman Police arrested 32-year-old Joshua Cole Simmons, the victim’s husband, for attempted murder following the attack. At about 9:44 p.m., police responded to the 900 block of South Bryant Avenue to a report of a stabbing. The 37-year-old female victim was found underneath the carport of the residence, and she had several wounds to her neck, according to a Sherman Police news release.

Witnesses told police that Simmons used a pocket knife to stab the victim multiple times. When the mother of the victim attempted to stop the attack, the release states Simmons threw the woman against the house and then turned his attention back to the victim. Simmons allegedly picked up the victim’s head and cut her throat, the release states.

After Simmons fled the scene, a K-9 unit tracked the suspect through a wooded area until the trail stopped at a roadway, which the release states possibly indicated that Simmons entered a vehicle.

Criminal Investigation Division personnel responded to the scene, and a witness later reported seeing Simmons walking on a roadway about two blocks from the crime scene. The release states officers located Simmons hiding in a ditch, and he was taken into custody. Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said Simmons was apprehended without incident about two to three hours after the original call.

The victim was transported to a hospital and underwent surgery. As of Wednesday morning, police said she was listed in stable condition. The release states that medical personnel described many of the victim’s injuries as superficial, though the cut to her throat was close to the carotid artery.

Simmons was arrested for the first-degree felony offense, and he was booked into the Grayson County Jail. According to the release, Simmons could face five to 99 years in prison with a fine up to $10,000 if he is found guilty. Hampton said a reason for the attack was not given.

Previous charges

This was not Simmons’ first trip to jail. A look at his criminal record on Grayson County’s database shows that he pleaded guilty, in 2010, to a charge of assault causing bodily injury - family violence and was sentenced to six years in prison on that charge.

On Wednesday Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said he doesn’t know any particulars of the incident involving Simmons’ this week. However, Brown said, he does know about Simmons’ past.

“He has a very significant criminal history, and a history of violence,” Brown said. “You always worry about guys like this. Whether you put them on probation or send them to prison, they are almost always going to get out. You do your best to balance the risk of the offender and the realities of what punishment options are available, but we just do not have a crystal ball on what will happen in the future.”

Simmons was convicted, in 2004, of assault on a public servant. Brown said he was sentenced to a substance abuse felony punishment facility or Safe-P as a requirement of his probation.

“This is a 6- to 9-month lock-down, treatment program. He was kicked out of the program for 'failing to comply with the rules and regulations' of the program,” Brown said.

Then in 2010, he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing bodily injury when his then wife told authorities he beat, raped and threatened her because she was trying to separate from him after five years of marriage, a good chunk of which he had spent incarcerated. A police report from that incident showed that she said he grabbed her by the ponytail, punched her in the face and caused her to break a tooth. Then he forced her into the vehicle while punching her in the head. She tried to escape twice, once by throwing the keys, and he grabbed her by her hair and drug her across the parking lot before forcing her into the vehicle. Then as they drove along the back streets headed to Sherman he told her if he couldn’t have her, no one would and he said, He would turn give her to the Aryan Brotherhood and, “They will run a train on you and do away with you.” She said he would make those statements and then follow them up with “I love you; I just want us to be a family.”

A police report from that incident showed that she said he grabbed her by the ponytail, punched her in the face and caused her to break a tooth. Then he forced her into the vehicle while punching her in the head. She tried to escape twice, once by throwing the keys, and he grabbed her by her hair and drug her across the parking lot before forcing her into the vehicle. Then as they drove along the back streets headed to Sherman he told her if he couldn’t have her, no one would and he said, he would turn give her to the Aryan Brotherhood and, “They will run a train on you and do away with you.” She said he would make those statements and then follow them up with “I love you; I just want us to be a family.”

According to the report, she said he would make those statements and then follow them up with “I love you; I just want us to be a family.”

Brown said that offense was too serious for Simmons to get probation and or treatment and he was sentenced to six years in prison.

Robert Hurst, public information officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said Simmons was not paroled. “He was sentenced to six years,” Hurst said, “He was discharged upon the expiration of his sentence.”

Sherman attorney Pamela McGraw represented Simmons on that charge but could not be reached for a comment on Wednesday.

Simmons’ record also shows a number of alcohol-related charges including three driving while intoxicated offenses and public intoxication.