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Man who tried to kill woman after he peed on her floor sentenced 15 years

The sentence is the result of an early morning March 7 attack. A woman told police she met Henderson downtown and invited him and another person over for drinks. Henderson and the woman argued after she yelled at him for urinating on her floor.

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Fabian Henderson appears for a change of plea hearing Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in District Court, Fargo, for attempted murder of a woman.
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FARGO — A 56-year-old man will spend more than a decade behind bars for trying to kill a woman in Fargo over an argument about peeing on her bathroom floor.

Cass County Judge Wade Webb sentenced Fabian Maurice Henderson to 15 years in prison Wednesday, Sept. 21, after the defendant pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Felony charges of robbery and aggravated assault were dismissed.

He will have to serve at least 12 ¾ years before he is eligible for parole. He also will get 200 days credit for time served.

The sentence is the result of an early morning March 7 attack at a Fargo apartment in the 3100 block of North Broadway. A woman told police she met Henderson downtown and invited him and another person over for drinks at her place, according to a criminal complaint.

Henderson and the woman argued after she yelled at him for urinating on her floor, the complaint said.

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He then punched her and stabbed her roughly a dozen times, Cass County Assistant State’s Attorney SheraLynn Ternes said in court. Police responded to the apartment around 2 a.m. March 7 to a report that the woman was dying, Ternes said.

The woman survived after undergoing emergency surgery, the prosecutor said.

Henderson was not at the apartment when police arrived, but he was arrested shortly after the attack, the complaint said. He told police he blacked out for the assault, but he remembered stabbing someone, according to the complaint.

"I stab people, really for the simple fact, I want to kill them,” he said according to the complaint. “If I stabbed them, I wanted to kill them, honestly. I ain't stab them just to poke them."

Ternes noted Henderson’s lengthy criminal history when recommending the sentence. He has 36 convictions on his record, with almost half being violent in nature, she said.

The defense agreed to the sentence. Henderson apologized in court for the stabbing, adding he wants to serve his time and pay his debt to society.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTSFARGO
April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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