AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man is going to prison for 22 years for stabbing his ex-girlfriend 21 times.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cleveland Cruthirds was sentenced Friday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to 28 years in prison, with six of those years suspended.

Cruthirds was convicted two weeks ago of felony elevated aggravated assault for the December 2011 attack on 23-year-old Naomi Swift, but he was acquitted of the more serious charge of attempted murder.

The Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/130E22b ) reports that Swift lost hearing in one ear and feeling in her face due to nerve damage from the attack, and that she has nightmares and flashbacks.

An attorney for Cruthirds says he'll appeal the conviction and the sentence.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com