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An out-of-state man was sentenced to serve 14 years during a sentencing hearing in Grundy County on Tuesday afternoon.

Eric Bartels, 52, of Bellevue, Washington was convicted on the charges of Attempted Murder and two counts of Aggravated Domestic Battery by Grundy County Judge Lance Peterson during a bench trial that concluded in March.

Prosecutors say Bartels had contacted a female acquaintance he had known since childhood, living in Iowa, so he could be taken to O’Hare International Airport in late August of 2018.

While traveling on Interstate 80, Bartels battered the woman and threatened to kill her with a knife. After stopping at a gas station on Route 47 in Morris, the victim attempted to escape, but was stabbed in the neck and chest area by Bartels.

She was eventually assisted out of the vehicle by a bystander. Bartels fled the area and was later arrested by the Morris Police Department. Judge Peterson sentenced Bartels to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Peterson said Bartels prior two domestic battery convictions were due to mental health issues. Bartels was given credit for serving 386 days in the Grundy County Jail and will have to serve three years of parole once released from prison.

In addition, Bartels must serve 85 percent of the prison sentence.