CRIME

Pennsylvania doctor gets 3 years in prison for attack on daughter's estranged husband

  • Assistant prosecuting attorney Jesse W. Canonico demonstrates how Georges Bensimhon hit Seth Hoffer during Bensimhon's sentencing Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Cleveland. Bensimhon, a Pennsylvania anesthesiologist, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for what prosecutors believe was an attempt to kill his son-in-law, who also is a doctor, in a Cleveland suburb in September 2013. Bensimhon pleaded guilty to a single count of felonious assault in April. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Assistant prosecuting attorney Jesse W. Canonico demonstrates how Georges Bensimhon hit Seth Hoffer during Bensimhon's sentencing Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Cleveland. Bensimhon, a Pennsylvania anesthesiologist, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for what prosecutors believe was an attempt to kill his son-in-law, who also is a doctor, in a Cleveland suburb in September 2013. Bensimhon pleaded guilty to a single count of felonious assault in April. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dr. Georges Bensimhon listens to court proceedings during his sentencing phase Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Cleveland. Bensimhon, a Pennsylvania anesthesiologist, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for what prosecutors believe was an attempt to kill his son-in-law, who also is a doctor, in a Cleveland suburb in September 2013. Bensimhon pleaded guilty to a single count of felonious assault in April. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Dr. Georges Bensimhon listens to court proceedings during his sentencing phase Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Cleveland. Bensimhon, a Pennsylvania anesthesiologist, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for what prosecutors believe was an attempt to kill his son-in-law, who also is a doctor, in a Cleveland suburb in September 2013. Bensimhon pleaded guilty to a single count of felonious assault in April. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dr. Georges Bensimhon, left, looks at Seth Hoffer making a statement to the court during Bensimhon's sentencing Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Cleveland. Bensimhon, a Pennsylvania anesthesiologist, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for what prosecutors believe was an attempt to kill his son-in-law, Hoffer, who also is a doctor, in a Cleveland suburb in September 2013. Bensimhon pleaded guilty to a single count of felonious assault in April. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Dr. Georges Bensimhon, left, looks at Seth Hoffer making a statement to the court during Bensimhon's sentencing Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Cleveland. Bensimhon, a Pennsylvania anesthesiologist, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for what prosecutors believe was an attempt to kill his son-in-law, Hoffer, who also is a doctor, in a Cleveland suburb in September 2013. Bensimhon pleaded guilty to a single count of felonious assault in April. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

A Pennsylvania anesthesiologist has been sentenced to three years in prison for felonious assault in an attack with a clawed pry bar on his daughter's estranged husband in a Cleveland suburb.

Sheriff's deputies took 67-year-old Dr. Georges Bensimhon (ben-SEE'-mohn) of Allentown, Pennsylvania, into custody after sentencing in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County on Tuesday. Bensimhon apologized to his son-in-law before sentencing and said he would never commit another crime.

Prosecutors dropped an attempted aggravated murder charge and other counts against Bensimhon in a plea deal. He faced up to eight years in prison.

Police arrested Bensimhon the morning of the September 2013, attack. His son-in-law, Dr. Seth Alan Hoffer, overpowered him despite a deep gash to the head. Hoffer had Bensimhon pinned to the ground when police arrived.