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Nine years prison time for man, 70, who stabbed his girlfriend

GRANITE FALLS -- Curtis David Quale, 70, of Granite Falls, must serve a minimum of nine years in prison for the brutal stabbing last summer of his 47-year-old girlfriend.

District Judge Paul Nelson sentenced Quale on Tuesday to 162 months for the conviction on first-degree attempted murder - domestic abuse.

During a court appearance in Granite Falls, the judge ordered Quale to serve a minimum of two-thirds of that time in prison, and allowed him to serve the remaining 54 months on supervised re-lease provided he has no disciplinary problems in prison. Nelson granted credit for the 194 days Quale has served in jail since his arrest.

The judge also ordered Quale to pay restitution of $6,480 in lost wages to the victim, Michelle Young, now 48, and more than $36,000 to Minnesota U-Care for her medical expenses.

Cash totaling $700 taken during his arrest must be applied toward her lost wages.

Quale had pleaded guilty Nov. 4 to the July 15 or 16 stabbing of Young in their Granite Falls home.

Sentencing had been delayed to allow the victim to recover from the multiple stab wounds she had suffered and attend the sentencing.

Young became ill and could not attend, Yellow Medicine County attorney Keith Helgeson told the court. He Young did not have a statement to make but had wanted to be present at the sentencing. She has been in weekly contact with his office and indicated she was satisfied with the sentencing, Helgeson said.

Quale had confessed to stabbing Young multiple times with an eight-inch blade knife during a drunken rage sometime during the night of July 15 and morning of July 16. He mixed a cocktail of pills in an attempt to commit suicide immediately after. He threw up the concoction and went to sleep, according to his earlier testimony.

He called 911 the next morning when he awoke and found Young lying on a hallway floor. She had lost large amounts of blood and was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Quale had two prior convictions for domestic abuse against her.

When he pleaded guilty, Quale told the court he had been in a drunken stupor and did not recall the argument that triggered his attack.

He expressed remorse for his action at the sentencing on Tuesday, and indicated that he was upset with Young's plans to end their relationship when the incident occurred.

"I guess I couldn't bear the thought of her going out and leaving me," Quale told the court. "I just snapped. I couldn't take it knowing what she was doing.

"I hope she gets over this and gets well and forgives me," he said. "I'm just so sorry that I hurt her," he said.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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