A Sherman man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to a violent attack on his wife last year.


In an emailed press release distributed Thursday evening, the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office said Ethan Carles, 40, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 10 years probation after he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The sentence was handed down by Judge Jim Fallon of the 15th District Court in Sherman.


“This was a vicious assault against an innocent victim who is lucky to be alive,”Assistant District Attorney Matt Rolston said in the release. “The community will be safer with this violent offender behind bars.”


According to the release, Carles and his wife had begun to argue on Sept. 3 last year, but the dispute turned violent the following day, when the woman returned to their residence. Carles then chased the woman from their house and attacked her outside. The District Attorney’s office said a bystander intervened and ended the attack, but not before the brutal scene unfolded in full view of the couple’s child.


“The defendant grabbed a kitchen knife and began chasing her while slashing her with the knife,” the release read. “She sustained multiple lacerations, requiring over 30 stitches…The victim told police the defendant was trying to cut her throat.”


Under the terms of his sentence, Carles must serve at least six years of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.


“Split sentences involving prison terms, followed by probation, are a great tool for the courts to ensure the continued safety of the community,” District Attorney Brett Smith said.


The Texas Council on Family Violence reports that 136 women statewide were killed by their intimate partners in 2017 — the most recent year for which data was available.