A Greenville man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to attacking a local police officer with a knife in February.

John Matthew Kinslow won’t begin serving the prison sentence until after he finishes serving a term in state jail for violating a drug-related probation.

During a Wednesday hearing in the 196th District Court Kinslow, 22, entered a guilty plea to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Kinslow was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.

As a deadly weapon was found to have been used in the offense, Kinslow will have to spend at least half of the sentence, or five years, in prison before he can be considered eligible for parole.

But District Judge Steve Tittle also ordered that Kinslow’s prison sentence be served consecutively, or stacked, on top of a Kinslow’s probation for possession of a controlled substance, which was also revoked Wednesday.

Kinslow was placed on four years of probation in August 2009 after pleading guilty to the possession of less than one gram of cocaine.

Prosecutors were already seeking to revoke the probation, as Kinslow had several recorded violations for the use of methamphetamine, amphetamine and marijuana, as well as failing to pay the fines and court costs associated with the probation.

Kinslow was sentenced to two years in a state jail on the probation revocation, after which he will begin serving the prison sentence, which resulted in a violent incident at a local motel four months ago.

According to a criminal complaint, Greenville Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene of a disturbance at a motel in the 1200 block of East Interstate 30 on the morning of Feb. 28, where they encountered Kinslow who threatened them with a knife and cursed at them.

Kinslow was reported to have told the officers he was looking for his sister and said he intended to kill someone. During the encounter, Kinslow was alleged to have gone from room to room at the motel, stabbing at the doors, windows and walls.

Kinslow attempted to kick in one of the doors, at which time the officers used pepper spray to try and subdue him. Kinslow reportedly refused to drop the knife as he struggled with the officers.

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