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Woman sentenced in Woodbury threats case

What began as a jam-making session turned into a real jam for a woman convicted of making terroristic threats at a Woodbury residence.

Mary Lou Lake, Winner, S.D., was sentenced April 1 in the case, which stemmed from an August 2010 incident where she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend and threatened him with knives after the two were making jam.

A domestic assault charge was dismissed as part of a please bargain.

Lake, 37, was sentenced to five days in jail, up to five years on probation and a $50 fine in the felony case.

She was arrested Aug. 13, 2010, after police were called to a residence in the 9600 block of Bluegill Road for a domestic assault report.

The victim, a male resident, had a swollen lip and signs of dried blood when officers arrived.

The man told police he and Lake were making jam in the kitchen when they got into an argument. Lake began throwing things at the man, which led to the face injury, he said.

He said Lake followed him into the home's living room with several kitchen knives that she raised over her head "like she was going to stab him," according to a criminal complaint.

Lake allegedly jumped atop the seated man and said, "You're going to be sorry" before attempting to stab him with the knives. The man was able to fend off Lake's blows, the complaint states.

The victim left the residence and went to the Woodbury police department for help, saying hi did not have a cell phone to call for help.

Police went to the residence where they found an "extremely intoxicated" Lake who denied assaulting the man. A large butcher knife was located in the room she was found in, police said.

Asked by police why the knife was there, "(Lake) paused as if thinking about it and then stated it was for jam."

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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