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Poplar woman sentenced to prison for bar stabbing

GREAT FALLS—A Poplar woman who admitted stabbing a man multiple times while in a Wolf Point bar on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was sentenced today to 20 months in prison and two years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Emily Gourneau
Emily Gourneau

Emily Kaye Marie Gourneau, 32, pleaded guilty in December to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

The prosecution said in court records that the assault occurred on July 23 at the Water Hole 1 bar in Wolf Point. Gourneau and the victim, who was playing pool, had been socializing. At some point, when the victim walked toward Gourneau from the pool table, Gourneau pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times, running around the bar chasing after him. The assault was recorded on a security camera. Gourneau left the bar after the assault.

First responders found the victim lying on the floor and severely wounded and bleeding. The victim underwent surgery for multiple stab wounds at a hospital in North Dakota.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassady Adams is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Wolf Point Police Department and the Fort Peck Tribes’ Criminal Investigation.

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