Man Convicted of Attempted Murder Gets 18 Years

A man convicted of trying to kill his girlfriend was sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday.

Michael Benjamin Poynter was also accused of torturing the woman's dog and son. He allegedly detailed the crimes in his journal.

Court papers say he beat, choked and tortured the victim for hours overnight in their Security-Widefield home before she and her son were able to escape.

They went to a neighbor's house. Court papers say he followed her there, and started choking her again. That's when her neighbors jumped into action. The wife reportedly started hitting the suspect while her husband went to get a gun.

After Poynter was arrested, detectives say they got a hold of his journal. In it, he reportedly talks about abusing his girlfriend's son and dog and says he enjoyed it.

Poynter was also charged with animal cruelty. He was sentenced to a year and a half for that crime, but will serve both sentences at the same time.