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He used to make sure inmates stayed locked up. Now he's being locked up himself.

Posted at 1:49 AM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 07:43:56-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man who once made sure inmates stayed locked up is now getting locked up himself.

A judge sentenced Peter Vegas, 38, to 17 years in prison.

In May 2017, Vegas went right from his job as a corrections officer at Attica Correctional Facility to his ex-girlfriend's home in South Buffalo. After she shut the door on him, he barreled into the home and stabbed her multiple times in the back of her neck.

She was able to get free and run outside for help. Vegas ran to his car and drove off. He was arrested at his home a short time later.

Vegas pleaded guilty to attempted murder, assault and endangering the welfare of a child in October 2018.

In addition to his sentence, the judge issued orders of protection for the victim and her three children that remain in effect until 2042.