Tuesday, November 16, 2010
DALLAS -- A man arrested in August on multiple charges following a knife attack in Dallas will serve more than 12 years in prison.
Joseph D. Cox, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in Polk County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
The three other charges listed on a grand jury indictment issued Sept. 1 -- attempted murder and two counts of second-degree assault -- were dismissed as part of an agreement with the Polk County District Attorney's Office.
Polk County Circuit Court Judge William Horner sentenced Cox on Nov. 9.
Cox will serve 146 months -- 12 years, two months -- on the first-degree assault charge, a class A felony. Horner sentenced Cox to 2« years on unlawful use of a weapon, to be served concurrently with the 12-year term.
Cox was also sentenced on two additional cases: One involving a fourth-degree assault charge stemming from an incident that occurred while Cox was in the Polk County Jail and another a probation violation. He was sentenced to a year and 2« years, respectively. Those sentences will also run concurrently.
Cox will have three years post-prison supervision once released from prison.
According to court records, on Aug. 17 Dallas police officers responded to an apartment on Southwest Levens Street in Dallas, where they found Zachary Perry, the victim of the attack, suffering from stab wounds on his back and arm and a slash from his forehead to his chin. Perry, as well as other witnesses officer interviewed, identified Cox as the attacker.
Cox attempted to flee, but Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested him on Aug. 21 in the Falls City area after a warrant was issued for his arrest.