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CHICAGO (AP) – A Cook County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 20 years in prison for attempted murder by choking and stabbing a flower shop employee.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports  26-year-old Alexander Hampton pleaded guilty to the February 2012 crime and was sentenced Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Hampton choked and stabbed a 28-year-old female employee at the Asrai Garden flower shop in Wicker Park. They say he choked her until she passed out and he was standing over her with a knife when she woke up.

The woman was able to break away after she was stabbed in the ribs and neck. She called 911 from the bathroom.

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