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Man on probation after Ogden workplace steak knife stabbing

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jan 18, 2022

Photo supplied, Weber County Jail

Kay Karnes

OGDEN — A man originally charged with attempted murder for an Ogden workplace stabbing has been sentenced to suspended prison sentences and probation after pleading guilty to a pair of felonies.

Charging documents against Kay Karnes, 23, said the incident involved a domestic dispute that occurred at 1:30 a.m. last March 12 in a Business Depot Ogden warehouse on White Drive. An Ogden police arrest affidavit said Karnes retrieved a steak knife and returned to an argument, tackling a co-worker. Karnes allegedly stabbed at the victim several times, including three times in the neck, and a woman intervened, grabbing Karnes’ knife hand. The woman had been involved in the argument.

As she was pulling his hand, Karnes forcefully pulled back and the knife sliced into her fingers, inflicting deep cuts, according to the affidavit. Others told police they saw the tussle and watched Karnes repeatedly stab at the man, who escaped serious injury.

The Weber County Attorney’s Office originally charged Karnes with first-degree felony attempted murder and second-degree felony aggravated assault. But in a plea bargain submitted in 2nd District Court in October, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, second- and third-degree charges.

Judge Jennifer Valencia on Dec. 29 sentenced Karnes to one to 15 years and zero to five years on those charges, respectively, and suspended the sentences. Next, she sentenced him to 287 days in jail on each of those charges and gave him credit for time served.

The judge further told Karnes to serve probation, during which he must complete a mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment, as well as complete anger management and cognitive behavioral courses.


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