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A Dayton man in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her mother seeks to be released early, according to letters he has written to Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Over the past year, Brian Lee Thompson sent the court letters requesting documents to file a motion so that he can “proceed in court to correct a[n] excessive sentence.”

On Tuesday, Judge Bruce Albertson scheduled the 29-year-old to appear in court on July 20 to review his sentence.

On Feb. 4, 2011, the then 19-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of felony attempted first-degree murder, two felony counts of malicious wounding and one felony count of attempted malicious wounding.

Judge James Lane later sentenced Thompson to 58 years in prison but suspended all but 13 years. He also added five additional years in prison for violating his probation.

Thompson, previously convicted of felony arson, was released from prison three months before the stabbing.

Sentencing guidelines called for an active prison term of six to 13 years.

Thompson stabbed Patty Cash, his then 18-year-old ex-girlfriend, and her mother, then 38-year-old Donna Beasley, at their home in the 9000 block of Fox Den Lane, just outside of Dayton, on July 17, 2010.

Cash, pregnant with Thompson’s child at the time, testified at a May 25, 2011, sentencing hearing that Thompson cut her twice in the throat, then proceeded to cut her in the back of the neck three times.

During the attack, Beasley entered the room and intervened. Thompson stabbed her eight times, including once close to the heart, during the attack.

Both victims were taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and recovered from their wounds.

Cash later delivered a healthy baby girl.

At the hearing, Thompson told Lane he had an alcohol problem that started when he was 15. He said he began drinking to help cope with family problems growing up.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6267 or Follow Pete on Twitter @pdelea_DNR

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