EUREKA — A Germantown Hills man was sentenced to 22 years in prison Thursday for repeatedly stabbing the woman who was then his wife and then hitting her with a baseball bat.
Bret M. Davis, 42, was found guilty in mid-March of attempted murder, aggravated domestic battery, domestic battery and aggravated battery in connection with the Sept. 26, 2016, incident at their home in the 400 block of Bittersweet Road. He had faced up to 60 years behind bars as the Woodford County jury found he acted in a "brutal and heinous manner. . . indicative of wanton cruelty,” legal factors which double his sentencing range from the normal 30-year maximum.
He must serve at least 85 percent which means with credit for time spent in jail since the attack, he could be released in about 17 years.
At trial, State's Attorney Greg Minger argued that Davis pushed Kristen Davis down a flight of stairs at their home and then began to stab her. Minger said she was stabbed at least a dozen and possibly as many as 14 times. Bret Davis then hit her on the head and on the leg with a baseball bat before she was able to flee the residence, Minger said Thursday evening.
After the attack, Davis jumped into his blue pickup truck and sped away, He was on the westbound span of the McClugage Bridge when his truck slammed into a guardrail. Witnesses said he then got out of his vehicle and jumped between the two spans and fell 40 to 50 feet into the Illinois River below. The department’s rescue boat pulled him out of the water within about 10 minutes, according to Journal Star archives.
At trial, Bret Davis argued he acted in self-defense but according to Journal Star archives, Bret Davis was conscious when he was plucked out of the water and suffered lacerations to his neck and arms, none of which appeared life threatening.
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