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Nez Perce Tribal Member Pleads Guilty to Stabbing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

BOISE – Coryn Lawyer, 23, of Kamiah, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to assault with a dangerous weapon, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Lawyer was indicted by a federal grand Jury in Coeur d’Alene on July 20, 2016.


According to the plea agreement, Lawyer admitted that on February 4, 2016, she and the stabbing victim got into an argument at Lawyer's residence in Kamiah. The argument became physical. The victim tried to leave. Before she could do so, Lawyer grabbed two knives and stabbed the victim, inflicting small lacerations on her shoulder, ankle and knee.


The charge of assault with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.


Sentencing is set for May 2, 2017, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.


The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Nez Perce Tribal Police.

Updated January 18, 2017

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