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Bird pleads guilty, could serve 30 years

Billy Bird, who stabbed a woman in the chest with a kitchen knife in January, will be sentenced Nov. 1

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 11:20 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 1:02 p.m. CST

William “Billy” Bird — who stabbed a Creston woman in the chest with a knife earlier this year — pleaded guilty to four felony charges Friday. Those charges include willful injury, domestic abuse/assault by strangulation and two counts of burglary.

Bird will be sentenced 9:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Union County Courthouse.

“He is facing a minimum of 10 years and maximum of 30 years (in prison),” said Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon. “That decision is now in the hands of the judge. He will have the option of sentencing him to 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years.”

That night

Court documents state on Jan. 22, Bird went to 705 W. Montgomery St. at about 9:30 p.m. An argument broke out between Bird and a female victim who is the mother of his child. Bird struck the female in the face and attempted to strangle her.

At 2:15 a.m., Bird returned to the residence and forced his way inside where he threatened and struck the female victim. The female victim attempted to go to a neighbor’s house about 2:30 a.m.

Bird chased the victim, eventually catching her and stabbing her in the chest with a knife. She was transported to Greater Regional Medical Center and survived her injury.

Bird was initially charged with first-degree burglary, domestic abuse/assault by strangulation and attempted murder.

Bird’s attempted murder charge — which carries a minimum sentence of 25 years — was amended to a willful injury charge Friday.

“Part of the reason a lesser included offense was submitted to the jury,” Kenyon said, “was because the circumstances of her injury were not as severe as originally believed. Don’t get me wrong, anytime you are stabbed in the chest it is a serious injury. But again, it wasn’t as severe as originally thought. Was it attempted murder? That’s what a jury would have had to decide (if Bird didn’t plea.)”

Bird has been in Union County Jail since being charged in January — a total of about eight months. He will remain there until his sentencing date Nov. 1.

After being sentenced, he will then be transferred to Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale where he will be evaluated by Department of Adult Corrections staff.

They will determine which prison facility Bird will serve his sentence.

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