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Grand Forks woman charged with attempted murder of her mother has initial appearance in court

Her bond was set at $50,000.

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GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks woman charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing her mother had her initial appearance in court Thursday, Sept. 22.

Jenna Woinarowicz, 28, attended the initial appearance virtually from the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, with no legal counsel present.

Woinarowicz is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a weapon and interference with telephone during an emergency call.

The Grand Forks Police Department arrested Woinarowicz in the early hours of Sept. 21 after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance with injury, according to a press release. When officers arrived on scene, they found Robin Hendrickson, Woinarowicz's mother, suffering from lacerations and a puncture wound. During the initial appearance, Chris Skjerven, assistant state’s attorney, told the court how Hendrickson was found covered in blood.

“We have very serious concerns about the victim’s safety,” said Skjerven.


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When asked by Judge Lolita Romanick what the state proposes for Woinarowicz’s bond, Skjerven outlined the defendant’s criminal record. Aside from two drug paraphernalia misdemeanor charges, Woinarowicz has been charged and convicted of child neglect, simple assault and two domestic violence cases. The victim in Woinarowicz’s domestic violence cases was also her mother.

Romanick set Woinarowicz’s bond at $50,000 cash or surety with an order prohibiting contact of any kind with the victim.

The sole exception to this prohibition of contact is a one-time entrance into the victim’s home to collect any belongings. Woinarowicz would be escorted by law enforcement. Violation of the order prohibiting contact would be a criminal offense with the potential for Woinarowicz to be charged with an A-level misdemeanor.

The press release said Woinarowicz had been upset with Hendrickson and was causing a disturbance. Woinarowicz followed Hendrickson with a weapon when she tried to leave the scene.

There has been no update on Hendrickson’s condition, but at the time of the press release Wednesday, Sept. 21, it was believed her injuries were not life-threatening.

Attempted murder, a class A felony, has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The mandatory minimum for this charge is four years in prison. Aggravated assault with a weapon and interference with an emergency call are both class C felonies, which have a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. The charge of aggravated assault with a weapon has a mandatory minimum sentence of two years. There is no mandatory minimum for interference with an emergency call.

The preliminary hearing for this case is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Oct. 26.

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