Man guilty of attempted murder learns fate

By Conor Mooney

Man guilty of attempted murder learns fate

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A man guilty of attempted murder learned his fate Thursday morning.

In Broome County Court, a judge sentenced Ralph Townsend, 54, of Binghamton to 20 years in jail for attempted murder with five years post release supervision.

In August 2012, Binghamton Police responded to 6 Miles St. where they found Townsend stabbing his girlfriend, Eileen Montagno, 39.

They shot Townsend twice in the back to stop him.

Paramedics took Montagno to the hospital and she survived the attack.

Townsend will also serve three and a half to seven years for criminal possession of a weapon, and an additional 20 years for assault in the first degree. All three sentences will be served concurrently.

Townsend claimed his innocence Thursday, telling the judge he was only using a butter knife.

He has additional convictions in Georgia, Minnesota and New York.