Man who attacked woman with hammer sentenced

James Davis' mug shot from the Calhoun County Jail.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The Battle Creek man who hit his wife in the head with a hammer is headed to a state prison.

James Davis Jr. was sentenced on Friday to 15 to 20 years in prison for assault with intent to commit murder. He was credited 313 days for time served.

The assault happened on Sunday, Jan. 31 in Battle Creek at the apartment the couple shared. Cassindra Davis, 45, suffered brain damage.

Detectives said James called police to report the attack and confessed. Regarding motive, detectives would only say there was an argument over the couple’s relationship.

Michigan State Police records show James has a lengthy criminal record including misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct within the past six years. He was also convicted of second-degree murder in Detroit in the 1970s.