Muncie woman gets home detention in ex-friend’s stabbing

 

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MUNCIE, Ind. – A Muncie woman who “sliced” her ex-roommate with a hunting knife has been placed on electronic home detention for two years.

Betty Jean Brooks, 66, of the 1200 block of East Fifth Street, had pleaded guilty to battery with a deadly weapon and invasion of privacy.

Authorities said Brooks on Feb. 17 went to the West Weber Drive home of her victim, a woman she had previously lived with for 30 years.

According to a police report, after the woman told Brooks to leave, she produced “a black hunting knife,” grabbed the woman by the hair and “began slicing her with the knife in the face.”

The victim was treated at IU Heath Ball Memorial Hospital for wounds in her cheek, neck and finger.

At Monday’s sentencing hearing, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Judi Calhoun noted the irony in Brooks’ former profession, as part of a surgical unit at the hospital.

Brooks tearfully expressed her regret at her actions. She said the events leading to her arrest had forced her to realize she was an alcoholic, and that she has since sought related treatment.

Delaware Circuit Court 3 Judge Linda Ralu Wolfe imposed a four-year sentence — two years on electronic home detention followed by two years on probation. The judge noted the Muncie woman had no prior criminal record.

Calhoun and Brooks’ victim had recommended her sentence include a period of incarceration.

Contact news reporter Douglas Walker at (765) 213-5851. Follow him on Twitter: @DouglasWalkerSP.

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