Local woman receives prison sentence for stabbing
A local woman was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Monday following a two-day trial for a stabbing incident more than a year ago.
Circuit Court Judge Daina Vitolins sentenced 49-year-old Larisa Lorene Rollins to 70 months after being convicted of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. According to Crook County District Attorney Wade Whiting, both offenses constitute domestic violence, and the sentence includes no eligibility for any form of early release and a period of three years of post-prison supervision.
The incident resulting in the prison sentence took place late in the evening of Nov. 17, 2017. An investigation determined that Rollins had been drinking throughout the day and accusing the victim and a roommate of being involved in a romantic relationship. Over the course of several hours, Rollins directed obscenities and homophobic slurs to the victim and roommate. She ransacked the home, destroyed personal property of the victim and locked everyone out of the house.
When the victim and roommate were able to gain entry into the home, Rollins verbally and then physically attacked the roommate. The victim intervened and a brief physical struggle ended with Rollins in a bedroom and the victim walking away into the kitchen area.
Whiting said testimony at the trial revealed that Rollins remained in the bedroom by herself for approximately 40 seconds before running towards the victim in the kitchen. Rollins first stabbed the victim in the back with a steak knife and proceeded to stab him seven additional times.
According to Whiting, a deputy in route while responding to the incident spotted a vehicle matching the description of a roommate who was driving the victim to the hospital. The deputy escorted the vehicle to the hospital and rushed the victim to the emergency room for medical treatment.
The victim had been stabbed eight times, including wounds to his head, back, shoulder, abdomen and legs. He was hospitalized for several days, requiring surgery for injuries to his internal organs.
Rollins claimed she acted in self-defense and was justified in stabbing her boyfriend, but the evidence presented by the state at trial negated the defense and Rollins was found guilty on all counts.
Whiting said that during sentencing, the state requested Rollins be sentenced to a mandatory prison sentence for the violent attack that resulted in significant injuries to the victim. The defense argued the mandatory prison sentence as required under Measure 11 would be inappropriate in this case.
The court sentenced Rollins to the mandatory 70-month prison sentence, noting that Rollins could have killed the victim during the assault and that Rollins had shown a complete lack of remorse during her interviews with police and during her testimony at trial.
Rollins declined making a statement prior to sentencing.
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