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Redwood Falls woman sentenced for stabbing attack with box cutter

A Redwood Falls woman, Yolanda Lynn Urban, age 57, was convicted in court last week for attacking a coworker with a box cutter last September.

According to a Lower Sioux Tribal Police Department complaint, on Sept. 20 of last year, an officer was called to Jackpot Junction Casino and told of a stabbing that had happened on the property. When the officer arrived at the employee entrance, he found the victim sitting in a chair with a laceration that went from the bottom section of his back up to the shoulder blade.

According to two witnesses, they were nearby when they heard Urban and the victim arguing near the lunchroom. The arguing escalated, and there were sounds of a trash can being thrown around. When the witnesses ran into the room, they found the victim trying to push Urban back with a trash can, warning them, “She has a knife. She stabbed me.” Both witnesses saw the box cutter in Urban’s hand; another employee kicked the box cutter away when Urban dropped it.

In the Lower Sioux Tribal Police Department squad car, Urban repeatedly told the arresting officer she wished the had “gotten (the victim) better”, and that she hoped he would have to be hospitalized. After she was transferred to another squad car for transport to the Redwood County Jail, Urban told the second officer that she said the victim had deserved it.

On Monday, April 19, Urban was found guilty of assault in the second degree and committed to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for 32 months, stayed for five years. She was sentenced to 120 days in the Redwood County Jail, with credit for four days time served, and to five years supervised probation.


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