GRAND FORKS — An attempted murder charge was downgraded to aggravated assault on Monday, Aug. 12, for a man involved in a Larimore stabbing.
Jesse Alameda, 49, pleaded guilty to the new felony charge on Monday and was sentenced to time served plus two years on probation. Alameda has been behind bars since early June. The maximum penalty was five years in prison.
Assistant Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Andrew Eyre and Public Defender Gretchen Handy said there were several reasons the charge was reduced, including a lack of communication and cooperation from the victim and several different accounts of the June 4 assault.
Deputies were called to the 700 block of Washington Avenue at 7:18 a.m. on a reported stabbing, a press release from the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office said. Adolf Perez had stab wounds on his abdomen and back and lacerations on his face, according to an affidavit for Alameda’s arrest. Perez was treated at Altru Hospital.
The case may have had a strong self-defense claim because it appears Perez broke into the apartment and may have attacked Alameda before he was stabbed, according to Handy.
Eyre said Perez’s name was on the apartment lease, but he was involved in a domestic assault case that barred him from having contact with a woman also living in the unit. Perez pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of terrorizing and a misdemeanor count of simple assault.
Eyre said Perez did not support the plea agreement, but the State’s Attorney’s Office was unable to remain in contact with him during much of the negotiations. Handy and Eyre said they both thought the plea agreement was just.