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Salem woman gets community control for stabbing husband

LISBON – A Salem woman who stabbed her husband more than a year ago was placed on four years community control in Common Pleas Court on Friday.

Jennifer Hepfner, now known as Jennifer Hunt, 27, Washington Street, Salem, told Judge Scott Washam she was so intoxicated on Jan. 2, 2020, that she did not remember what happened that day.

Her defense attorney, Larry Stacey, as well as her husband and her father spoke prior to her sentencing on charges of felonious assault and endangering children. Her husband, Kyle Hunt, told the court his wife was not alone in the blame for what happened that day and both he and her father talked about their support for her continued sobriety.

“I feel 100 percent responsible,” Jennifer Hunt said when it was her turn to address Washam. “I didn’t have to drink and I didn’t have to go home and start a fight.”

Stacey asked her to explain to Washam the things she has done since that day and she talked about the months of inpatient therapy, followed by outpatient therapy. She also has been following a children services case plan to try to gain more reunification with her four children.

“I’ve really learned my lesson,” she said. “I’ve been in abusive relationships and I don’t want to be an abuser. I love my children dearly and not being able to be with them has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Before sentencing her, Washam asked why sometime before it got that far, before the stabbing, she did not seek to address her problems with alcohol. Hunt responded she was so far into her addiction, she just did not see a problem.

Washam warned her she could not use marijuana while on community control, despite having a medical marijuana card. Some of the other medications she has been taking for a medical condition will also make it impossible for her to attend Eastern Ohio Corrections Center, where Washam indicated he wanted to send her for further counseling for some of her community control. Instead, he set a review hearing for June 11 to look at whether or not she should or could do it then. He further warned her violating her community control could lead to a 12-year prison sentence for the stabbing.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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