A Grand Forks man will spend four years in prison for a February stabbing, according to his plea agreement.
Jeremie Richard Castoreno, 37, on Monday pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and several unrelated drug charges.
An affidavit for his arrest said police were called to an apartment on the 1100 block of North 39th Street on Feb. 26 at 10:45 a.m. for a reported argument. A caller said they saw a woman bleeding from her leg outside the apartment while a man tried to drag her back inside, according to the affidavit.
Officers said there was blood outside the apartment entryway and on the door handle. A woman answered the door and the affidavit said she had blood on her hands, legs and feet and was holding a towel on her left leg. Castoreno was inside the apartment, according to the court document.
The woman initially told officers she fell but then said she was stabbed, the affidavit said. She told investigators she’d stabbed herself but once she was in the ambulance and away from Castoreno, the affidavit said she confided that he’d stabbed her.
There was another stab wound on the woman’s right leg discovered at Altru Hospital. Officers said the woman’s right eye appeared to increase in swelling and redness.
An amended information docket said the woman “now suffers from permanent loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ” as a result of the stabbing.
Castoreno has been convicted of two other simple assault charges within the last two years.
He also pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of manufacture of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. Charges of possession of an opiate and narcotic pills were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
An affidavit for his arrest said he was arrested on a warrant May 30, after he’d been granted bond on the assault charge. Officers said Castoreno had brass knuckles, methamphetamine, paraphernalia, a clonazepam pill, hydrocodone pills and a marijuana plant. He will serve time on the charges simultaneously with the assault sentence, the plea agreement said.