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Parolee in stabbing sent back to prison

| Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

A Fayette County woman who had been paroled in a stabbing case has been ordered to serve out a state prison sentence after failing a drug test.

The ruling Wednesday by Common Pleas Judge John F. Wagner Jr. means that Sabrina L. Cullen, 26, of South Union, could serve as much as another 20 to 38 months.

Wagner had granted Cullen parole last October with credit for serving nine months related to her convictions for plunging a steak knife into a boyfriend's arm in January 2010.

In pleading guilty to terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment, Cullen was placed on probation for two years.

But probation officials said Cullen failed a drug test this year.

Her defense counsel, Jeremy Davis, said Cullen briefly checked into a drug rehabilitation center in April but was unable to complete treatment because she didn't have insurance.

Wagner said Cullen has a "significant history of drug abuse" and noted that she's been dealing with mental health issues.

As part of his order, the judge said he "strongly suggests" that the state Department of Corrections place Cullen in a drug treatment program.

Upon completion of a program, Wagner indicated he would consider reparoling her.

"My concern is not to punish her, but to get her help through some type of agency," he said.

Cullen has been held at the Fayette County jail since late July, when state police arrested her for allegedly stabbing a man with a kitchen knife in her Huggins Trailer Court residence.

In that case, she is charged with aggravated assault and simple assault.

Cullen waived her right to a preliminary hearing on the charges and awaits arraignment next month in county court.

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