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Pensacola man gets life sentence in brutal attack and robbery
Published 10:45 a.m. CT Aug. 9, 2019

A Pensacola man has been sentenced to life in prison for attacking a woman and cutting her throat with a knife before then binding her hands and feet with a belt and cords and stealing her car.

Michael Wade Locke, 55, was sentenced Thursday by Circuit Judge Jan Shackelford to life in prison, according to a news release by State Attorney Bill Eddins.

"Lockeís prior criminal record included multiple felony convictions and prison sentences which ultimately led to the enhanced sentence by Judge Shackelford," Eddins said in the release.

On Oct. 10, 2018, Locke pushed a woman into her closet, punched her in the mouth and cut her throat at least two times, according to prosecutors. He then tied her hands and feet behind her back with a belt and cords from a hairdryer and straightener and stole cash, a cellphone and her vehicle.

Law enforcement responded to the residence after a 911 call in which operators heard a woman yelling for help, according to Eddins. The woman was found bound and bleeding from her neck but managed to identify Locke as her attacker before being rushed to the hospital.

Later that same night, law enforcement responded to a burglary in progress and found Locke with the victimís stolen vehicle, and he was taken into custody.

Locke qualified for an enhanced sentence as a prison releasee reoffender, habitual violent felony offender and a habitual felony offender, according to Eddins.
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