MANATEE -- Two men charged with attempted murder are headed to prison after taking plea agreements for lesser charges.
Brandon Jerome Randolph, 26, had been charged with attempted murder, attempted arson, domestic battery, aggravated assault, child abuse and violating probation after he beat his girlfriend and held her daughter face-down near a fire pit.
On Nov. 26, Randolph pleaded no contest to lesser charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief. He was convicted and sentenced to 40.5 months in prison with credit for time served.
Antonio Williams, 30, had been charged with attempted murder on Jan. 1 after stabbing a man when the two got into a fight over $10.
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On Nov. 19, Williams pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of aggravated battery. He was convicted and sentenced to 62.4 months in prison with credit for time served. Following his release from prison, he will serve three years of probation.
Both men are in custody at the Manatee County jail as they wait for the Florida Department of Corrections to transport them.
On Jan. 22, Randolph and his girlfriend of nine years had an argument that turned physical. After receiving several blows to the head, her daughter stood up to defend her mother. Randolph then knocked the daughter to the ground and held her face near a fire pit.
Moments later, he returned to the house, doused items and his girlfriend with gasoline and threatened to light them on fire. Instead, he fled the scene. Police found him hours later.
Randolph's past arrests include on charges of selling crack cocaine, armed robbery, resisting arrest, domestic battery, tampering with evidence and burglary to a structure.
In August 2012, he completed almost 15 months of two-year sentence prison for dealing cocaine, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
On Jan. 1, Williams got into an argument at his home with the victim over the victim's girlfriend owing him $10.
The argument turned violent after Williams asked the victim: "Do you want to get shanked?" Sarcastically, the victim told him yes.
Williams then took a knife out of his pocket, and the victim grabbed his arm and pushed him against a wall. Williams freed his arm and stabbed the victim twice in the chest.
After fleeing, he turned himself in at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Williams' prior record includes charges of resisting arrest with violence, possession of a controlled substance and depriving an officer of means of protection.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.