Former Tempe judge sentenced to four months for stabbing wife 10 times
PHOENIX – A former Phoenix-area judge who pleaded guilty to stabbing his wife during a domestic dispute last year was sentenced Friday to four months in jail.
Thomas Robinson, 56, also got three years of probation as part of his plea on an aggravated assault charge.
Superior Court of Arizona Judge John Rea handed down the sentence.
Robinson was arrested by Chandler police in September 2017 for stabbing his wife 10 times in the chest, back, arm and face a month earlier.
When Robinson’s wife was treated at the Chandler Regional Medical Center on Aug. 25, the couple told investigators an intruder had committed the crime.
On Sept. 21, Chandler police received a call on an emergency crisis line with information implicating Robinson.
Police then got in contact with Robinson’s wife, who admitted her husband had stabbed her and said they initially claimed it was a stranger to keep him from getting into trouble.
According to the police report, patrol officers went to Robinson’s home that same day and located “two objects with what appeared to be blood splatter on them.”
The report said there were previous domestic disturbances involving Robinson.
He initially pleaded not guilty before changing his plea in April.
Robinson had been with Tempe courts since 1995 and had been a municipal court judge since 2009.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.