Wife Allegedly Holds Knife To Husband's Throat

A trial date set for woman facing four felonies for allegedly holding a knife to her spouse’s throat. 57-year-old Debra K. Woodland of Plattsmouth is also facing hearings for probation violation.

The Cassgram reports Deputy Cass County Attorney Steve Sunde says she had possession of three knives, one of them a meat cleaver, when she awoke her husband and threatened him at 4am in their apartment one morning in July. The husband received “a slight injury,” said Sunde.

The county attorney’s office filed two Class II Felonies; use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony; one Class III Felony: second degree assault; and one Class IV Felony: terroristic threats.

Not guilty pleas were entered to all four counts.

In asking for a bond reduction, Mike Ziskey of the alternate public defender’s office said the incident was a “medication issue” and that Woodland does not pose a danger to herself or others now that she is back on the correct medication schedule.

District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier reduced bond from $100,000 to $50,000 but did not agree that she could again be around her husband so a “no contact” provision of the bond arrangement remains in place. Bond had not been posted as of late Tuesday morning.

Trial is set for the upcoming October jury panel.

Woodland is currently on probation after accepting a plea deal earlier this year. In that case, the prosecution had amended an assault count from a felony to a misdemeanor when Woodland agreed to plead guilty. Woodland was convicted for hitting her husband several times over several hours with a metal wardrobe rod. In May, the court went along with a recommended sentence of probation.


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