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Probation ordered for woman accused of stabbing ex-husband

June 22, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck woman accused of stabbing her ex-husband and leaving her young children at home while she stalked him has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Melanie Nimley, 44, was originally charged with attempted murder in an attack on her ex-husband last November. Nimley pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of aggravated assault, as well as terrorizing and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all misdemeanors.

Nimley is accused of waiting in her ex-husband’s car outside a convenience store and then putting a knife to his throat as he drove her home. Authorities say he suffered a cut to his cheek when he tried to grab the knife. Nimley was then accused of stabbing him near his right shoulder blade, causing him to lose control of the car.

Eventually he was able to get the knife away from Nimley and get out of the car before police arrived, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Police say Nimley left her infant and two other siblings unattended during the incident.

South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner sentenced Nimley to a year in jail, suspended all but 61 days and gave her credit for 61 days already served.