The Nevada man who pleaded guilty to stabbing his former girlfriend at an apartment on T Avenue last summer was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, according to Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds.
Douglas Oliver Kelly Jr., 40, pleaded guilty to willful injury — a class C felony — with a sentencing enhancement for use of a dangerous weapon.
Kelly was originally with charged with attempt to commit murder, going armed with intent, false imprisonment and obstruction of emergency communications.
His trial was originally scheduled for Dec. 12 before Kelly entered the plea agreement in late November.
Nevada police were called to the apartment in the 800 block of T Avenue about 3:30 a.m. June 1, on a report of a woman suffering from a stab wound. The 28-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital.
Information obtained through the investigation led to a warrant being issued to search a residence in Nevada, which led to Kelly’s arrest.
Court records indicate that Kelly went to the woman’s apartment and went inside with her to talk about what records described as an “ended relationship” between the two.
When the woman’s back was turned, Kelly allegedly pulled out a knife with a 5-inch blade he had been concealing and stabbed her in the back between the hip and spine, near a kidney, records show.
He then stayed at the apartment for an hour, and took the victim’s keys and cell phone to prevent her from leaving or calling for help, court records show.
Nevada Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Ricardo Martinez said the investigation was aided by the fact the victim knew her attacker and knew where he lived. Kelly was arrested later that day.
Reynolds said that Kelly’s sentence comes with a five-year mandatory minimum.