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Mandan man gets 15 years for stabbings

MANDAN, N.D. - A Mandan man has been sentenced for stabbing three people in September, which left a woman with 16 puncture wounds and a nearly severed finger.

Cortez Ramons Lyons, 34, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of terrorizing, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

Lyons reached a plea agreement with Morton County prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty to all counts. He was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison and five years of supervised probation.

Mandan police officers responded to a domestic disturbance on Sept. 6, 2017, at a residence, according to court records. Lyons stabbed a 48-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son, as well as a 16-year-old female.

Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter said in an email that the reasons prosecutors entered the plea agreement was due to the victims' wishes for a long period of incarceration and the need for a "lengthy period" of supervision once he is released from prison.

Goter also said that Lyons, who was on supervision at the time of the offenses for a sex crime in Cass County, demonstrates a history of violent behavior and controlled substance use.