Junction woman gets 6 years in stabbing

Crystal Reinbold

A Grand Junction woman who stabbed another woman three times in a suspected fight over a man will spend the next six years in Mesa County’s Community Corrections program.

Crystal Dawn Reinbold, 21, was handed the sentence this morning by District Judge Brian Flynn, resolving what a Mesa County prosecutor called a “vicious attack” March 25 at Dixson Park on Orchard Mesa.

Reinbold originally was charged with first-degree assault and menacing with a deadly weapon in the assault on 24-year-old Katy Slawson, who suffered three stab wounds, including one along the length of her throat.

Reinbold pleaded guilty in July to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and remaining charges were dismissed after what Deputy District Attorney Jason Conley said were problems with witnesses in the case.

“We have four witnesses, none of whom had the same version of events,” Conley told the judge.

The District Attorney’s office ultimately concluded it couldn’t prove first-degree assault and allowed Reinbold to plead guilty to the reduced charge.

“I understand it’s not a popular decision,” Conley said.

Police said in an arrest affidavit that Reinbold and Slawson had exchanged text messages March 25 in a dispute over Slawson’s boyfriend, who was Reinbold’s ex. The boyfriend told detectives he had arranged for the women to meet and fight, the affidavit said.

Authorities believe Reinbold was aware she was pregnant at the time. She was also serving probation after pleading guilty in a felony theft case.

Reinbold will serve a two-year term in the Mesa County Jail as part of her six-year sentence in Mesa County Community Corrections, Conley said.


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