A girl accused of stabbing another student at Lincoln's Pius X high school entered a plea in court Monday. The charge against Sarah Piccolo was amended from 1st degree assault to 2nd degree.
Piccolo entered a plea of no contest and then the court found her guilty of the charge.
Sentencing will be October 16th in Lincoln State District Court. She could receive a sentence of 1 to 20 years in prison, but as is usually the case under Nebraska 's "good time" law -- any sentence could automatically be cut in half.
The stabbing happened October 7, 2013 in a bathroom at the high school. The crime mystified investigators because Piccolo and the victim, 17-year-old Ellen Kopetkzy, did not run in the same social circles, in fact, they didn't even know each other.
Kopetzky was attached with a knife and also hit with a hammer.
When Piccolo fled the scene she ended up driving to Kansas. When she sought help from a woman at a motel, authorities were called and she was returned to Lincoln.
Kopetzky had surgery following the attack but did recover.