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Woman to be sentenced for attack at homeless shelter

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on December 20, 2023.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge woman who attacked two men with a screwdriver, injuring one of the men, has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in the new year.

Stacey Leigh Carlson, who is currently in remand custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, was facing two charges each of assault with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. However, she pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge court of justice to two counts of assault with a weapon.

Carlson was at the Lethbridge homeless shelter on Sept. 10 when, at about 6:30 a.m., she approached a man sleeping on the floor and attacked him with a screwdriver.

“She made seven stabbing motions toward (the man’s) face, and struck him, causing injuries,” Crown Prosecutor James Rouleau described.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where he received staples for two cuts to the back of his head.

Rouleau said that after the attack, Carlson went after a second man and stabbed him in the abdomen with the screwdriver, but the weapon didn’t penetrate his body and he was not injured.

Shelter staff intervened and held Carlson in a corner while police were called.

Carlson was not sentenced Tuesday, but a Gladue report was ordered to provide the judge with Carlson’s personal circumstances and details about her aboriginal background to help determine a fit sentence.

The matter is set to return to court Jan. 3 to schedule a sentencing hearing. In the meantime, Carlson remains in custody.

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good thing it was at the shelter and not in a tent city, where she could have torn a hole in a tent.