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A former University of Arizona track and field assistant has been sentenced to five years in prison for threatening one of his former athletes with a box cutter.

Craig Carter, 50, was convicted in March of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon for choking, attacking and threatening shot-putter Baillie Gibson in April 2015.

At his sentencing Monday, Carter tearfully asked for forgiveness, saying he was "truly sorry."

Gibson told ESPN's Outside the Lines the two had been involved in a relationship that turned sexual -- against her wishes -- for nearly three years until Gibson, then a senior, came to Carter's office on campus to break it off. That's when he pushed her onto a couch, put one hand around her neck while holding a box cutter with the other. 

He confessed to the crime in an interview with campus police, but did not take the stand during his three-day trial. 

During the sentencing Monday, Gibson told the court that "not a day goes by that I don't look over my shoulder to make sure Craig is not following me." 

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