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Elko woman facing up to 10 years in prison for stabbing dad

February 17, 2019

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman is facing up to a decade in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing her 78-year-old father at their Elko home.

The Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old Jean Angela Ortega pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assault resulting in serious bodily harm.

Authorities say Ortega is a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone nation.

According to a federal complaint, an officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs found Ortega’s father sitting on the living room floor covered in blood last February.

The man suffered non-fatal stab wounds to his back, abdomen and left arm.

Before being taken to a hospital, the man told first responders that his daughter had stabbed him.

Ortega has a May 29 sentencing hearing at the federal courthouse in Reno.