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Poplar woman pleads guilty to stabbing a man

The stabbing happened at a bar in Wolf Point
Posted at 6:05 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 20:05:30-05

In federal court in Great Falls on Tuesday, Emily Kaye Marie Gourneau of Poplar pleaded guilty to stabbing a man at a bar in Wolf Point.

U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a press release that Gourneau, 32 years old, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. 

The prosecution said the assault happened on July 23, 2019 at the Water Hole 1 bar in Wolf Point. Gourneau and the victim, who was playing pool, had been socializing. At some point, when the victim walked toward Gourneau from the pool table, Gourneau pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times, running around the bar chasing after him. The assault was recorded on a security camera. Gourneau left the bar after the assault.

First responders found the victim lying on the floor, severely wounded and bleeding. The victim underwent surgery for multiple stab wounds at a hospital in North Dakota. He also sustained traumatic shock, pneumothorax (collapsed lung), and hemothorax (collection of blood between the lung and the chest wall).

Gourneau faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris presided and set sentencing for April 16. Gourneau remains in custody pending further proceedings.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassady Adams is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI, the Wolf Point Police Department, and the Fort Peck Tribes’ Criminal Investigation.