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Granite Falls man, 69, pleads guilty to attempted murder for stabbing girlfriend

MONTEVIDEO -- Curtis David Quale, 69, of Granite Falls, pleaded guilty to first degree, attempted murder, domestic abuse with a past pattern of domestic abuse in district court in Montevideo on Wednesday.

He admitted to stabbing his 47-year-old girlfriend in a drunken fit of rage in their home in Granite Falls on July 16, and leaving her to bleed on the hallway floor over night before calling for help.

Charges of attempted murder in the second degree, with intent but not premeditated, and charges of first and second degree assault were dismissed under terms of a plea agreement.

The agreement calls for Quale to serve 161 ½ months in prison.

District Judge Paul Nelson accepted the guilty plea, but delayed sentencing to provide an opportunity for the victim or members of her family to be present if they wish.

The victim remains hospitalized after undergoing a recent surgery to repair damage from the multiple stab wounds she suffered. Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson told the court that with the exception of a brief period, she has been hospitalized since the stabbing.

Tom Cherveny

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

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