Chadron woman sentenced for box cutter assault

A Chadron woman who slashed her son and two other family members with a box cutter during Fur Trade Days, then threatened an arresting police officer is headed to prison for up to 7 years.

47-year old Sherlynn Lame pleaded guilty last month to terroristic threats and attempted 2nd-degree assault.

Dawes county District Judge Travis O'Gorman gave Lame 20-to-60 months on the threat charge and a consecutive 12 months for the attempted assault count, with credit for 214 days already served.

She will be eligible for parole in 16 months and for automatic release in 3 years.

The incident began during what Dawes County Attorney Vance Haug described as an MMA-style fight in Lame's front yard. When she joined others in trying to break it up, she was elbowed in the face and in the words of Public Defender Jerrod Jaeger "reacted disasterously."

Jaeger told O'Gorman that Lame was immediately remorseful and worried about her son and the others who'd been hurt. He also said the officer who was threatened said he knew she wasn't going to hurt him.

Both Haug and Jaeger pointed to Lame's long criminal history...including several assault cases...a difficult life, and severe drinking problem and both said she needed help.

Jaeger suggested Lame could get treatment while on probation, but Haug said incarceration was more appropriate...given her "dangerous, aggressive behavior."

Judge O'Gorman agreed with Haug, saying that anything other than prison would not reflect the seriousness of Lame's actions and adding that the type of help and treatment she needs would be available at the prison.

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