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Teen gets credit for jail time in knife assault

Becky Vargo • Jan 22, 2018 at 7:03 PM

A Grand Haven teen charged with knifing another woman received credit for 65 days served in jail when she was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Lia Thomas, 19, was put on probation for two years and ordered to complete her high school education. She can have no contact with the victim and must observe a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, unless working.

Judge Karen Miedema denied Holmes Youthful Trainee status up-front, saying instead that if Thomas successfully completed her probation, she would be given the status.

HYTA allows a felony charge to be dismissed from one’s record with the successful completion of probation.

At a previous hearing, Thomas told the judge she cut the victim’s face with a knife that she got from her father.

Holland Department of Public Safety deputies responded to a call of a stabbed person in the 200 block of West 14th Street at 6 p.m. Nov. 18, 2017. The victim took herself to Holland Hospital with a laceration on her face.

Police went to both the hospital and the home where the incident occurred. They determined that Thomas was the suspect and arrested her.

The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said, and she was treated at the hospital.

Prior to the judge handing down Thomas’ sentence, attorney Christi Burda said her client faced many challenges and had very little family support in the area.

“She is more than a hard-knocks story,” the defense attorney said. “She is a poster child for the horror stories that can occur in the foster system.”

The Holland Sentinel contributed to this story.

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