Kansas City man gets 18 years in prison for hammer attack

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Larry Simms mug shot from the Jackson County Detention Center.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City, Missouri, man has ordered to spend 18 years in prison for pummeling his blind former girlfriend with a hammer.

The Kansas City Star reports that a Jackson County judge sentenced 55-year-old Larry D. Simms on Thursday after finding him guilty of various assault and weapons charges.

Authorities say Simms attacked several women, including his ex-girlfriend, last May. She survived.

Simms denied attacking the former girlfriend with a hammer and says he pushed the other women in self-defense after they attacked him with a knife.

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