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Grand Forks woman granted plea agreement in attempted murder case

She was sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated assault, with credit for time served since arrest March 30.

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GRAND FORKS – After a waived preliminary hearing, a Grand Forks woman charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault was granted a plea agreement on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

At 3:10 p.m. on March 30, the Grand Forks Police Department was notified of a physical altercation between Ceean Reese and her father, Hugh Reese, according to an affidavit in the case. Hugh called 911 to report his daughter stabbing him and trying to take his phone. He also said she cut her wrists and the cuts “looked deep”.

When the GFPD spoke to Ceean Reese at the hospital, she said she tried to get the phone from her father. When he did not give it to her, she told him, “I’m going to kill you if I can’t use your phone.” She also said she was “aiming for his jugular” when she stabbed Hugh Reese, court documents say. Ceean Reese also said she stabbed herself to make the attack on her father seem like an act of self defense, police records say.

Reese’s case is closed as of Sept. 20. Per the plea agreement, Reese pled guilty to aggravated assault, a class C felony. The charge of attempted murder, a class A felony, was dropped.

Reese was sentenced to five years in prison, with three suspended, leaving two years to serve. She will have credit for time served from March 30 to the date of judgment. After release, Reese will have two years of supervised probation.


The plea agreement says Reese will pay $500 in fees, $25 to the victim/witness fund, $35 application fee, and reimbursement to indigent defense left to the Court’s discretion. The defense asked the Court to waive indigent defense reimbursement.

The final amended plea agreement was accepted by the court through District Court Judge Lolita Romanick Sept. 20.

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