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April 27, 2014

Woman jailed despite victim’s plea

GREENVILLE — Justin H. Gulentz was stabbed by Lois I. Aley but pleaded with a judge Friday not to incarcerate her for the crime.

Gulentz called Aley an “awesome mom” to her three kids – she and Gulentz have one together, but there’s no one to look after two of them if she is sent away, he said.

“I need her out there for her children,” Gulentz said. “I fear that, if she gets put in jail, there will be no one there for them.”

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson said he had to put Aley in for a while.

“You can’t stab someone and not go to jail,” he said, before sentencing her to 9 to 23 months in jail.

Aley pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to a charge of aggravated assault by Alford plea. She did not have to admit specific facts because she had been drinking heavily that day.

“I don’t remember the whole night,” she said, noting she and Gulentz had shared two fifths that day

Aley, 30, of 96 Clarksville St., Greenville, told Greenville-West Salem Township police, “I did it. I stabbed him,” when they responded to the call at 11:19 p.m. Oct. 5 at her home.

Aley and Gulentz has been arguing when she grabbed a knife from the kitchen counter and went after him in the living room, police said. She told police they had a history of arguing, he had assaulted her in the past and she wanted him out of the house, but he refused to go, police said.

The now-ex-couple said they have given up drinking. Gulentz said she has sought treatment, and Aley said she plans to.

“On her behalf, it was a bad incident,” Gulentz said. “We were together 4è years and we let alcohol ruin our relationship.”

Dobson said the amount Aley drank that night is “an incredible sign of a problem.”

Alcohol often is a key to unlock other problems, such as violence, and she is lucky she didn’t kill Gulentz, the judge said.

“It’s in you,” he said of the ability to commit violence.

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