Sabrina Kraus, Minot, given deferred sentence for assaulting stepfather

Sabrina Cheney Kraus, 46, Minot, received a three year deferred imposition of sentence on Tuesday for slashing her stepfather with a keychain on Dec. 1, 2017, while he was driving her within Minot.

Kraus will be on supervised probation for three years. She will receive credit for 126 days she has spent in jail and 18 days of earned good time.

Judge Doug Mattson also ordered her to continue treatment for her mental health issues. She has received chemical dependency and psychiatric evaluations. Kraus will also be required to pay $1,596.09 in restitution and $275 in court costs and to stay away from her stepfather.

If she successfully completes all the requirements of probation, the Class C felony aggravated assault charge will be dismissed.

Kraus had tried to have herself admitted to the state hospital in Jamestown, but they turned her down after telling her she was not a danger to herself. Her lawyer, Andrew Schultz, told the judge that she had wanted her stepfather to give her money for a bus ticket to Bismarck, where she hoped to be admitted to a treatment center. Instead, he picked her up in Jamestown. She slashed him with the key chain when she realized her stepfather was driving her to Trinity Hospital in Minot to admit her to the psych ward instead of taking her home with him. Her stepfather was her payee for her Social Security disability payments. She now has a new payee. Schultz said Kraus had also been coming down off of meth use.

She had been enrolled in a treatment program last summer before the judge sent her to jail. Kraus said she hopes to find housing and to do volunteer work when she is released.

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