Man gets 10 years in prison for knife attack

When the knife wielded by Jimmy Dozier hit his victim's bone, the attacked man knew how bad the cut was.

It was one of several wounds that led Dozier, 46, of Columbus to plead guilty Monday to aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime — charges that got him a 10-year sentence, followed by 15 years on probation.

"I'm very happy that the victim has closure and that justice was done and that a dangerous criminal is behind bars," said Senior Assistant District Attorney Wayne Jernigan.

The attack happened Oct. 18, 2007, at Columbus Foundries Inc., 1600 Northside Industrial Blvd. Jernigan said Dozier and the 40-year-old victim got into a verbal argument because Dozier wasn't doing his job right. Afterward, the victim went to the bathroom and Dozier followed, stabbing the other man in the neck and stomach before being pulled away by coworkers.

Defense attorney Michael Garner said his client is a quiet man who feared for himself when the victim, who he said was known to be violent, and Dozier once again met in the bathroom.

Dozier has a 1989 cruelty to children conviction, which meant Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan Jr. was required to give him the maximum sentence. The victim has several felony convictions from the 1990s.