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Woman pleads guilty in stabbing in Itasca County

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Keewatin woman pleaded guilty Monday in Itasca County to stabbing a man during a domestic dispute after a day of drug use and drinking earlier this month.

Rae Lynn Butzbach, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm. Authorities had also charged her with assault in the first degree and a second count of assault in the second degree. Those two charges were dropped in exchange to the guilty plea on the one count.

Under the terms of the plea agreement — which a judge has to approve — Butzbach would be on supervised probation for 10 years. Conditions of probation include serving 180 days in jail, paying a $1,085 fine, completing and following the recommendations of a chemical dependency evaluation, taking prescribed medications in the proper amounts, and completing and following the recommendations of a psychological or diagnostic evaluation. Her use of drugs and alcohol would also be restricted and monitored with spot-checks.

Butzbach is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 15.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement officers were called to a Keewatin residence about 7:15 a.m. Aug. 8. The first officer to arrive was met by Ronald Wayne Carlisle, 49, of Jacobson, who staggered to the officer’s car with stab wounds in his chest and left arm and told the officer that “Rae Lynn went nuts and stabbed him.”

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