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A Port Republic man was sentenced Friday, Jan. 11, to 10 years in prison for assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend last February.

Demian K. Woomer, 33, entered an Alford plea Oct. 1 in Calvert County Circuit Court to first-degree assault, for which he was sentenced Jan. 11 to 20 years in prison, with all but 10 years suspended, and placed on five years of supervised probation upon his release. He received credit for the 342 days he had already served prior to his sentencing.

An Alford plea acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction but does not admit guilt.

Woomer was indicted March 19, 2012, on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. The remaining charges were dropped by the state as part of a plea agreement with the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office.

At 11:18 a.m. Feb. 4, 2012, Dfc. R Weems responded to the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department firehouse for a report of a person with a weapon, according to a March 2012 press release from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Woomer and the victim, a 28-year-old female volunteer at the firehouse, were in a relationship and had an altercation at the firehouse.

Woomer allegedly grabbed the woman’s neck with his arm and held a knife to her neck while repeatedly yelling that he was going to kill her, the press release states.

Several volunteer fire and rescue members rushed to the woman’s aid, pulled Woomer off her and subdued him on the floor, deputies said.

The woman was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital for treatment of a hand wound and further assessment of any injuries.