WOOSTER — Going into the sentencing hearing for Kelly Patton, the Orrville woman who was convicted in late February of stabbing her boyfriend as he slept last May, Judge Mark K. Wiest wasn’t sure he would sentence Patton to prison.

But after reading aloud a letter from the victim in the case, James Troyer Jr., Wiest on Wednesday sentenced Patton, 51, to two years in prison, followed by a mandatory three years of probation.

“In terms of [Troyer’s] physical injuries, I guess technically the scars that he has constitute serious physical harm, but the real injury here is what comes out in this statement, and that is psychological and emotional,” Wiest said. “And that’s what really hit home today when I read this statement. I read it last night, but until I read it in court it didn’t really hit home to me. And that’s when I decided that a prison sentence is appropriate.”

Patton’s prison time won’t begin immediately. Her attorney, John Johnson Jr., said Patton will appeal her conviction.

She has been free on bond since May 16. As a condition of her bond, Patton must not contact Troyer.

Patton’s conviction came after a three-and-a-half-day trial in late February. A jury found her guilty on two counts of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. During the trial, Wiest dismissed the most serious charge against Patton, attempted murder, which is a first-degree felony, saying that prosecutors did not present sufficient evidence to support the charge and send it to the jury.

All of the charges stemmed from an incident in the early hours of May 1 in which Patton stabbed Troyer, 44, as he slept in an upstairs bedroom of the house they shared. In Troyer’s written statement, he said the stabbing has had lasting psychological and emotional effects.

“Before this incident, I wasn’t afraid of people’s motives and what bad things they can do or how they could hurt me,” he wrote. “Now I’m scared to go meet new people. I’m scared to leave my house. I’m scared of dark neighborhoods. ... I’m always on high alert.”

Wiest said several of Troyer’s family members wrote to the court, and Troyer’s father and stepmother also spoke in court Wednesday. They said Patton’s actions have hurt the entire family. Sherry Troyer, James Troyer Jr.’s stepmother, read a letter on behalf of the family, and asked Patton to consider how she has harmed their family.

Patton made a brief statement in court, saying “I just feel bad that this happened, and I truly wish I would have just gone up to my mother’s that night.”

Wiest said several of Patton’s family members also wrote letters to the court on her behalf. Those letters, Johnson said, demonstrate that the actions surrounding the incident were not like Patton.