Feb 012002

DULUTH—A judge sentenced a Duluth woman who pleaded guilty to stabbing a man to read a list of books, poetry and government documents, including the Declaration of Independence, and submit a report on each.

The woman, Leah Marie Fairbanks, 25, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault for stabbing Ciro Carales-Toledo five times during a fight in a Duluth apartment in May. Police said she was drunk at the time.

Judge Terry Hallenbeck ordered her to read and prepare reports on eight works, including Emily Dickinson’s “We Never Know” and Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Should she fail to comply with the judge’s orders, Hallenbeck has warned that Fairbanks will receive a much harsher punishment to include 2 weeks detention and the cleaning of “many erasers”.

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