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GH woman pleads guilty to Holland stabbing

Becky Vargo • Dec 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

An 18-year-old Grand Haven woman charged with stabbing another woman in Holland waived arraignment and pleaded guilty to an assault charge Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Lia Thomas now faces up to four years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine when she is sentenced Jan. 22, 2018, on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

“I threatened her with a box-cutter knife,” Thomas replied when Judge Karen Miedema asked what made her guilty. 

In response to further questions, Thomas told the judge she cut the victim on the 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. 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.

Thomas’ bond was set at 10 percent of $30,000. She was free on bond at the time of Monday’s court hearing, but was remanded to the Ottawa County Jail to await sentencing.

There was no objection by the prosecutor to a request that Thomas be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. That means the felony could be taken off her record if she successfully completes probation and jail time.

The Holland Sentinel contributed to this story.

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