2013-06-27 / Front Page

Wyalusing Stabber Pleads Guilty to Assault

Faces Nine Months to 10 Years in Prison
By Rick Hiduk

Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett announced Tuesday afternoon that Denise Lynn Strach, 51, Wyalusing, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, a felony in the second degree, for stabbing her boyfriend, Christopher Walter, on March 1.

Strach and Walter had been fighting inside and outside their home at 101 Marsh Street that evening before Strach stabbed Walter four times, then assisted him in stopping the bleeding.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jeffrey Shredenschek, Strach took Walter’s bloody clothes and put them in the washing machine to soak. She stuck the bloody knife, estimated at about 10 inches in length, into the wall behind the washing machine.

Walter was treated for his wounds at Robert Packer Hospital and survived the attack.

Strach has been at the Bradford County Correctional Facility, unable to post $500,000 bail.

The tentative sentencing date is Thursday, Aug. 15. Barrett related that the maximum sentence could be 10 years. The minimum, under the circumstances, would range between nine and 18 months, depending on Strach’s prior criminal record, which is not thought to be extensive.

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