MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A northern New Jersey man who ran his ex-girlfriend’s car off a highway and then slashed her face and arm has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

James Sgambati, 32, of Parsippany, who has an extensive criminal record, must serve three years of the sentence imposed late last week before becoming eligible for parole.

Sgambati was convicted in May on numerous charges — including aggravated assault, witness tampering and weapons offenses — in connection with the September 2007 incident on Route 280 in Parsippany. Morris County prosecutors say he also threatened the now 32-year-old woman in a bid to have her retract her claims.

His attorney, Andrew Samson, said his client used “terrible judgment” in the incident, but said he didn’t intend to harm the woman.

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