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A Mandan man has been sentenced for stabbing three people in September, which left a woman with 16 punctures wounds and a nearly severed finger.

Cortez Ramon Lyons, 34, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of terrorizing, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

Lyons reached a plea agreement with Morton County prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty to all counts. He was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison and five years of supervised probation.

Mandan police officers responded to a domestic disturbance on Sept. 6 at a residence on the 300 block of 13th Street Northwest, according to court records. Lyons stabbed a 48-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son, as well as a 16-year-old female.

Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter said in an email that the reasons prosecutors entered the plea agreement was due to the victims' wishes for a long period of incarceration and the need for a "lengthy period" of supervision once he is released from prison.

Goter also said that Lyons, who was on supervision at the time of the offenses for a sex crime in Cass County, demonstrates a history of violent behavior and controlled substance use.

While incarcerated, Lyons will receive a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, as well as mental health services.

"The goal in sentencing was to protect the victims, particularly, and society, generally," Goter wrote. "Hopefully, the sentence will also allow Mr. Lyons to get the help he needs."

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