By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on December 2, 2023.
A Lethbridge woman who slashed her boyfriend in the neck with a knife won’t know until next month what her sentence will be.
Jacquelyn Nordquist pleaded guilty this week in Lethbridge court of justice to a single charge of aggravated assault, but sentencing was adjourned until Jan . 25.
Court was told that at about 2:30 a.m. on June 26, 2021 Nordquist called 911 and said she had cut her boyfriend of 10 years with a knife. She said she was at bus stop at 18 Avenue and 13 Street North and and would wait for police to arrive.
Police found her standing in front of a home in the 1400 block of 18 Avenue North and learned her boyfriend was actually at another residence in the 1900 block of 23 Avenue North. When they arrived the victim was holding a shirt against his neck to stem the bleeding, and he was taken to the hospital.
He told police he and Nordquist had been at a party at the residence on 23 Avenue North and had been drinking alcohol throughout the evening. After they left the residence Nordquist struck the man with a knife, and he returned to the house.
Although the victim was initially diagnosed at the hospital with a superficial cut to his neck and released, a few hours later he returned to the hospital and complained of increasing pain.
“It was determined that there was an injury to the trachea as a result of the stab to the neck,” Crown Prosecutor Dawn Janecke told court.
“The complainant was taken to Calgary and eventually received surgery to repair the small injury to the trachea.”
Nordquist admitted to police that she stabbed her boyfriend after they left the party and got into an argument.
Although Nordquist pleaded guilty to the offence, Lethbridge lawyer Greg White suggested he and the Crown may not agree on the sentence.
“I think Miss Janecke and I are close,” White said. “It might involve a difference between the Crown’s position on the length of sentence and whether or not it is a conditional sentence.”
A conditional sentence is considered a custodial sentence, but it allows an offender to serve it in the community, often under house arrest and/or curfew.
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