Prison for York-area woman who stabbed grandfather with knife, carving fork
A Manchester Township woman who stabbed her grandfather with a steak knife and a carving fork must serve prison time for the attack.
The defense attorney for Ashley Remines said a mental-health issue factored into the incident, and that his client is remorseful and is receiving help.
Remines, 25, of North Susquehanna Trail, pleaded no contest on Thursday, Aug. 9, in York County Court to one count of aggravated assault, according to court records.
She was sentenced to a year minus a day in York County Prison to two years minus two days, plus two years' probation once she's released, court records state.
She was given credit for the 90 days she has already spent locked up, according to records.
Remines also was ordered to undergo a mental-health evaluation and a drug and alcohol evaluation and ordered to comply with any recommended counseling, according to court records.
As part of her negotiated plea agreement, a charge of attempted first-degree murder was dismissed, records state.
Doesn't remember: A no-contest plea allows defendants to avoid trial without admitting guilt but otherwise has the same effect as a guilty plea. Defendants often plead no contest when they are unable to remember their criminal conduct but admit that it happened.
Deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake declined comment about the case.
Defense attorney T.L. Kearney said the assault happened while Remines was suffering from a mental-health episode.
"She has no memory of the offense but acknowledges that it occurred," he said. "She has shown significant remorse and will be undergoing mental health treatment as a condition of her sentence."
Kearney said the DA's office was "gracious" in both recognizing that Remines' mental health was an issue in the case "and factoring that into the outcome, while also requiring that she be held accountable and receive necessary treatment."
The background: Remines' grandfather suffered multiple stab wounds to his torso during the Feb. 9 assault in his home, according to Northern York County Regional Police.
Police said Remines was, at the time, suffering from an opioid addiction and that her family would hide the grandfather's medication so she couldn't take it.
Police said the grandfather on Feb. 9 told Remines she could not have his medication, after which another family member tried to take a bottle of rum from her.
Remines began acting out and breaking things in the home, police said, then grabbed a steak knife and a carving fork from the kitchen.
She ran into the living room and stabbed her grandfather as he sat in a recliner, according to court documents.
Others in the home took the utensils from her and called 911 about 10:20 p.m., police said.
The grandfather was treated for injuries at York Hospital, police have said.
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