A Wichita man has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for attacking a police officer with a butter knife at a homeless shelter.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 54-year-old Darren Lee Hutcherson was sentenced Friday for aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault and interference with law enforcement.

Prosecutors say Hutcherson lunged at an officer in October when police were dispatched to the Union Rescue Mission to arrest him.  The knife fell to the floor after it struck the officer’s ballistic vest.  The officer wasn’t hurt.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Hutcherson has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions dating back to 1990.  The most recent prior conviction was in a 2017 case for flee and elude law enforcement in Sedgwick County.

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