A Wise County man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty of stabbing his girlfriend in the face multiple times. 38-year-old Conan Janus Blankenship, of Big Stone Gap, was convicted in Wise County Circuit Court on Monday. He was found guilty of aggravated malicious wounding and stabbing in the commission of a felony. Blankenship was sentenced to an incarceration period of 25 years with 17 years suspended. He will be required to complete ten years of probation upon release. His charges stem from February 2, 2018 when Big Stone Gap Police arrested him after fleeing a house where his girlfriend had been stabbed in the face and neck. She told officers that Blankenship and her had been dating and she woke up to find his legs over her shoulders and saying that he would "cut the demons out of her." She was able to escape and call the police after being stabbed multiple times, but her injuries were not life-threatening. Blankenship is in custody at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.
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