WALLA WALLA — A local woman who in February stabbed her then-boyfriend in the arm while at their Walla Walla apartment was handed a suspended sentence Monday afternoon in Superior Court.
Stephanie D. Ketcham, 27, of 329 S. Third Ave., Apt. 5, was ordered by Judge Scott Wolfram to serve six months in the County Jail.
But Wolfram gave her credit for the 11 days she spent in jail before being released pending the outcome of her case and suspended the remaining time on conditions. They include a requirement she continue with mental health treatment and, for at least two years, have no contact with the victim.
Wolfram also placed Ketcham on a year of probation, and ordered her to pay a total of $1,620 in restitution, court costs and fees.
Ketcham pleaded guilty Oct. 21 to fourth-degree assault — domestic violence, a gross misdemeanor. She initially was accused of felony second-degree assault, but the charge was reduced in a plea agreement.
Her attorney, Julie Brown, told Wolfram at Monday’s sentencing she is thankful for the reduction and believes the result was correct.
The crime her client committed was “so out-of-character,” according to Brown.
Officials said that on Feb. 24, Ketcham grabbed a steak knife, went into the bedroom of her apartment and stabbed Gary L. Jones on his left arm, just above the elbow.
Police were notified about 5:30 a.m. after Jones went to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment.
Jones reportedly told authorities that Ketcham had told him to leave, but he didn’t leave soon enough and she stabbed him.
Ketcham was located at the residence.
“(She) stated she had been trying to get Jones to move out for the past seven months. She told him to leave and he would not. He just continued antagonizing her, and she grabbed a kitchen knife and swung at him,” according to a police report filed in court.
In court Monday, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Mulhern termed the relationship “tumultuous.”
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.