Atascadero man found guilty of attempted murder
December 8, 2010
A jury found an Atascadero man guilty of attempted murder on Tuesday for the slashing of a man’s throat at Mr. Rick’s bar in Avila Beach in February.
Michael Simmons, 43, began arguing with David Stratton at the local night spot when Simmons moved close to Stratton and slit his throat with a box cutter. Michael Simmons’ wife, Janet Simmons, 50, then hid the weapon and sat down with her husband who proceeded to order a drink while Simmons clutched his throat behind them.
Stratton received numerous stitches for what was described by San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputies as a “serious neck wound.”
Janet Simmons pleaded no contest to attempted murder charges and was sentenced to three years probation and four days in jail.
Michael Simmons faces up to 27 years in jail.