An eastern Nebraska woman who allegedly asked a man to stab her last summer so she could avoid going to a probation hearing, was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail.
Jessalyn Stierwalt, of Beatrice, testified before the Gage County District Court that she was making progress in handling her alcohol problem.
“I do want to apologize to the court for all the chances that I’ve been given and I’ve taken for granted,” Stierwalt says. “I am bettering myself. I’ve been sober since December 10th and this has been a learning experience for me.”
Attorney Rick Schreiner says the incident clearly obstructed government operations.
District Judge Paul Korslund said the charge was appropriate and added, Stierwalt’s actions also obstructed the health care system. Stierwalt had to be hospitalized after being stabbed.
Judge Korslund said probation wasn’t justified.
“I think it would be absolutely ludicrous for this court, given the lengths to which you are willing to go to avoid seeing a probation officer, to sentence you to probation again,” Korslund says. “You’ve been on probation before. You’ve had diversion available to you. There’s no question you have a serious alcohol problem.”
The judge said Stierwalt’s actions are something he hasn’t seen before.
“I’ve thought about this and how to describe it and the word ‘stupid’ just keeps coming back and back and you have taken stupidity to an extreme,” Korlsund says.
The man who stabbed Stierwalt, Scott Roberson-Turman, also received a one-year prison sentence. A second man was also apparently recruited to stab the woman. He’ll be sentenced today.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice