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April 4, 2014

Woman attacked former boyfriend with knives

CLINTON — A Clinton woman who attacked her former boyfriend with kitchen knives pleaded guilty to domestic abuse, while displaying a weapon.

Sara L. Sheley, 34, 908 Sixth St., was ordered to serve 60 days in the Clinton County jail, with 49 days suspended and credit for 11 days served. A $625 fine was suspended. She must complete 12 months probation and the Batterers Education Program.

According to court documents, Clinton police officers responded at 4:55 p.m. on March 20 to 504 Seventh Ave. South, apartment three, and were informed the defendant had fled the apartment after threatening her former boyfriend with knives. The victim told officers that he and Sheley had been in a relationship for more than two years, but she had moved out three months prior to the incident.

He added that she still had a key, according to the affidavit.

Court documents continue that the victim told police that Sheley entered the apartment, started yelling for him to pay her money he owed her and took his cellphone from the nightstand in the bedroom. The victim added that she then grabbed a couple of large kitchen knives from a block on the kitchen counter and tried to stab him. He grabbed the defendant, pushed her onto a couch and took away the knives, according to court documents.

After he took away the knives, Sheley kicked him in the ribs with the bottom of her foot and ran out of the apartment, according to the affidavit. The victim showed officers a large red area on the right side of his torso.

A no-contact order is in place for 12 months.

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