Woman pleads guilty to two September stabbings

Monday, April 6, 2009 | 4:17 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Holcomb woman pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing two people, including her ex-boyfriend, in September in northeast Columbia.

Kimberly Ann Rickman, 23, has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. Her plea admitted guilt to the two counts of assault charges.

The Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Merilee Crockett recommended a sentence of 10 years in prison and probation.

Because Rickman entered an open plea with the court, she is not guaranteed a plea agreement, and Boone County Circuit Judge Jodie C. Asel does not have to abide by the prosecutor's recommendation. Asel could sentence Rickman to a maximum of 15 years in prison.

On Monday in Boone County Circuit Court, Rickman said she entered her ex-boyfriend’s home and stabbed him and another woman with a knife.

According to previous Missourian articles, she stabbed the woman in the chest and cut her hair. When the man tried to take away the weapon, she stabbed him as well and left the residence, according to Missourian archives.

The victims’ injuries were not life-threatening.

The day after the incident, Rickman turned herself in to the Columbia Police Department with the help of her family and made self-incriminating statements in connection with the attack, according to the archives.

Currently, Rickman is waiting for her sentencing hearing to be scheduled.

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