Corrections officer accused of stabbing girlfriend to serve 8 years

Troy Simmons. Photo Courtesy: Virginia Beach Police Department.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A corrections officer accused of stabbing his girlfriend in Virginia Beach last year is now facing eight years in prison.

Troy Simmons was charged with malicious wounding for the alleged incident, and pleaded guilty in April

According to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney, Simmons was sentenced to 20 years, but had 12 years of that suspended.

The commonwealth says evidence shows Simmons was waiting at a home he shared with his girlfriend when he became agitated and grabbed a large knife.

His girlfriend was dropped by a friend, who had taken her home from a party. Simmons reportedly started a verbal and physical argument with her after she got out of the car.

The commonwealth says Simmons stabbed her 10-15 times — in the neck, chest, head as well as her hands. He was reportedly screaming, “I’m going to kill you.”

A neighbor called 911, and she was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries. Simmons later admitted to stabbing her, but would not say where he got the knife or how many times he stabbed her.

Simmons also received 20 years of good behavior, supervised probation and cannot have any contact with the woman or her children.