Buchanan County

Grundy man gets prison time for handsaw attack on wife

A Buchanan County, Virginia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a vicious attack on his wife in 2012 that involved a handsaw.

An attorney for Paul Douglas Guffey, 65, of Grundy, said his client was suffering from bipolar disorder at the time of the crime where a day-long drinking binge ended with a fight and Guffey holding his wife down on a bed while he dug into her skull with the saw.

The victim testified that Guffey stopped the attack then began taking prescription pills in an apparent suicide attempt. She was able to escape and call police when Guffey passed out, according to a report from Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Arrington, who recommended a 20-year sentence for Guffey.

"This was a heinous and brutal crime," Arrington said in the report. "While I understand that (Guffey) suffers from potential mental health conditions, I felt that he was deserving of a very lengthy prison sentence."

The judge suspended 30 years of the 40-year sentence and ordered him to indefinite supervised probation upon his release, the report said.


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