Doctor gets 3 years for attacking former son-in-law

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CLEVELAND --  A doctor from Allentown, Pennsylvania will be spending the next 3 years behind bars for attacking his former son-in-law.

Georges Bensimhon, 66, an anesthesiologist from Pennsylvania,  was sentenced in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court this afternoon after pleading guilty in April to felonious assault.

Bensimhon was originally indicted for the attempted murder of his daughter's estranged husband,  40-year-old Dr. Seth Hoffer.

Hoffer is a neurosurgeon at University Hospitals in Cleveland.
Bensimhon apologized to the court and to his former son-in-law.  He said he is not a killer but a healer.  He said he didn't mean to hurt Dr. Hoffer; he only want to scare him.

Cleveland Heights police said Bensimhon was wearing a mask and hiding outside the back door of Hoffer’s home on Dellwood Road on the morning of Sept. 4, 2013.

When Hoffer went outside just after 6 a.m., authorities said Bensimhon attacked him with a pry bar and hit him repeatedly in the head.

The victim, who was bleeding profusely, still managed to fight off his attacker and pin him to the ground, according to police.

He then yelled out for neighbors to call police.

When officers arrived, they arrested Bensimhon and found he was carrying sedatives and spinal syringes.

The defense stated that Dr. Bensimhon's daughter and Dr. Hoffer were going through a bad divorce.

Dr. Hoffer asked the court to sentence his former father-in-law to the maximum sentence.

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