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12 Years Prison For Man Who Attacked Milwaukee Mayor

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Anthony Peters is accused of attacking Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett outside State Fair Park in the summer of 2009.
Anthony Peters is accused of attacking Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett outside State Fair Park in the summer of 2009.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - The man who attacked Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was sentenced today to 12 years in prison, plus 10 years of extended supervision when he gets out.

21-year-old Anthony Peters was expecting a shorter term. Prosecutors recommended only nine years in prison, after Peters struck a plea deal a few weeks ago. But Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher ordered the longer term.

Barrett was leaving the State Fair last August when he saw Peters try to grab his one-year-old daughter from the girl’s grandmother. The woman cried for help and as Barrett called 911, Peters hit him with a tire iron.

In court today, Barrett emotionally gave his side of the story and he thought Peters would kill him that night. He suffered a broken right hand that may be injured permanently.

He also had head and facial injuries. Barrett has said as little as he could about the attack until today. He’s kept a low profile about it during his Democratic campaign for Wisconsin governor.

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