A Joliet man was sentenced to
25 years in prison Friday after being convicted of attempted murder for slashing his wife’s throat three years ago.
Arthur Unger, 53, pleaded guilty in December to attempted murder for cutting his wife’s throat during an argument on Aug. 29, 2015, at their residence in the 600 block of Plainfield Road, according to a news release from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The victim, who was holding their 1-year-old child when she was attacked, was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but she survived. The couple’s 11-year-old son, who was outside the residence but saw the attack, ran to a nearby Joliet fire station for help while another young son dialed 911.
A Joliet paramedic rushed to the residence on foot with the child, arriving several minutes before police and an ambulance, and he began administering life-saving emergency medical assistance to the victim. Unger, meanwhile, fled the scene, but police later found him hiding in bushes several blocks from his home.
“Arthur Unger is a career criminal whose brutal attack on his wife nearly claimed her life,” State’s Attorney James Glasgow said. “This was a vicious crime committed in the presence of innocent children, two of whom acted quickly and bravely to alert authorities.”
The state agreed to cap the sentence at 25 years in exchange for the plea.
The defendant, who faced between six and 30 years in prison, has a criminal history that includes convictions for weapons violations, domestic battery, drug dealing and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Glasgow praised Joliet police for quickly apprehending the defendant. He also credited Assistant State’s Attorneys Chris Koch and Elizabeth Domagalla.