Suspect Accepts Plea In 2001 Knife Attack

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An attempted murder charge was reduced to aggravated assault and misconduct with a weapon in a plea agreement for Frankie Marie Stiner last week.

Stiner had been accused of the attempted murder of Anita Lee in September 2001.

Stiner pleaded not guilty for the Sept. 18, 2001 knife assault on Lee, according to Det. Brian Havey of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

Another member of the sheriff’s office said the charges were changed after witnesses backed up Stiner’s contention the assault was in self-defense.

Prosecutor Patti Wortman would not discuss how the plea was reached.

Wortman said Stiner agreed to two-and-a-half years in prison for the charges and five years of intensive probation. Formal sentencing will be held in January.

Lee was stabbed five times and had to be air-lifted to a Valley hospital for surgery, according to earlier reports.

Stiner was arrested in Cornville, Sept. 23, 2001, with the help of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

She spent 90 days in the Gila County jail system following a probation violation. She was released from jail about three hours prior to committing the alleged assault on Lee.

In earlier published reports, Det. George Ratliff said Stiner had been in a relationship with Lee’s boyfriend prior to her 90-day stint in jail.

Stiner’s probation was for a conviction of aggravated DUI and possession of marijuana.

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