Teen Charged in Restaurant Stabbing to Plead Guilty

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa City teenager accused of stabbing a restaurant customer last February is expected to enter a guilty plea on Friday.

According to online court records, 18-year-old Heather K. Stanfield is scheduled to enter a plea on Friday. Stanfield was originally charged with attempted murder, willful injury causing serious injury and willful injury causing bodily injury, but earlier this month, Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness filed amended trial information charging the teen with the two counts of willful injury.

The two offenses, a class C and class D felony, could be punishable by up to 15 years in prison, but Lyness said she couldn't comment on any sentencing agreements until Friday.

According to police, Stanfield was working at Red Pepper Grill, 517 S. Riverside Drive, on Feb. 18, 2013. The victim, who has not been identified, came in for a sandwich at 11:46 a.m. Police said the victim was sitting in a booth after ordering sandwiches and said Stanfield was eyeing her. She then went to the kitchen, grabbed an eight-inch knife and stabbed the woman four times, police said. The victim suffered injuries to her left hand, left elbow and the front and back sides of her right shoulder.

The woman - who said she didn't know Stanfield prior to the attack - was able to fight off the teen with help from a bystander. Police later said the two women "knew of each other."
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