AKRON, Ohio — A Canton woman admitted Monday to stabbing a man in the groin and side after the man said she became enraged that he ate all of their salsa.
Phyllis Jefferson, 50, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, a fourth degree felony. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones will sentence Jefferson on Jan. 4 after a background check.
Her attorney, Noah Munyer, said the argument that led to the stabbing stemmed not from salsa but because she learned her boyfriend was a sex offender.
Munyer said the charge, reduced from a second-degree felonious assault, was more in line with the facts of the case. Both Jefferson and the man mutually fought, he said.
Jefferson's then-61-year-old boyfriend on March 29 told police that Jefferson complained about him finishing off their salsa. She yelled and jammed a pen in the left side of his pelvis.
She then knocked over his television but the man saved it before it hit the ground. As he did so, Jefferson grabbed a small kitchen knife and stabbed the man in the left side of his stomach, police said.
Jefferson drove away, but police stopped her on Interstate 77 near U.S 224.
Akron police found the man holding his stomach outside his apartment in the 100 block of Lake Street. The man's shirt and hands were covered in blood.
The man Jefferson stabbed has been convicted of two sex offenses since 1979 and spent 18 years in prison stemming from a 1985 conviction for felonious assault and gross sexual imposition.
A judge determined in 2003 that the man should be classified as a habitual sex offender and must register his address with the county sheriff every year for 20 years. ..Source.. by Adam Ferrise