Woman pleads guilty to holiday stabbing
A 35-year-old Canadian woman arrested on Thanksgiving Day on suspicion of stabbing a man with a steak knife pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony menacing.
Linda Anne Samis, of Peter–borough, Ontario, pleaded guilty to menacing, a Class 5 felony, in exchange for having a second-degree assault charge dropped.
As part of the plea offer made by the District Attorney’s Office, Samis will be sentenced to three years of probation and 90 days in jail. She also will be ordered to pay restitution to the man she was accused of stabbing. Samis also will be ordered to submit to a mental health evaluation and any subsequent treatment.
Assistant Dist–rict Attorney Kerry St. James told District Judge Paul McLimans that he would not be able to specify the amount of money Samis will be ordered to pay the victim because St. James has not received all of the man’s medical bills.
McLimans told Samis that by agreeing to the plea, she, in essence, is “signing her name to a blank check.”
A soft-spoken Samis told McLimans she understood everything she was agreeing to.
Samis is accused of stabbing a Steamboat Springs man in the torso on Thanksgiving Day. According to police reports, Samis met the man at The Tugboat Grill & Pub and then went to the man’s home to stay the night.
Reports indicate the man woke up in the middle of the night to Samis’ uncontrollable screaming. When he tried to calm her, she stabbed him with a steak knife, according to police reports.
The man’s roommate held down Samis until officers arrived and arrested her.
Samis is scheduled for sentencing at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14.
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