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What started as an attempted murder case last year ended quietly in a courtroom Tuesday as Teresa Eckdahl said she hopes she can turn her life around from addiction.

South Central District Judge Thomas Schneider sentenced her to five years in prison for felony counts of reckless endangerment, prohibited possession of a firearm and theft of property, to which Eckdahl pleaded guilty last fall. She was initially charged with attempted murder for shooting Levi Delonais in the abdomen in February 2017, during an altercation in an apartment bedroom.

Eckdahl's sentence will start in April 2019, when her current 30-month sentence for another case concludes.

"The reason for that is probation didn't work for you. You already were revoked, and that's why you're serving time," Schneider said.

Prosecutor Marina Spahr noted Eckdahl's conflicting statements, history of substance abuse and her criminal record, including assaults and disciplines for fighting with other inmates.

Defense attorney Leah Carlsonsaid Eckdahl takes responsibility for her actions and wants to eventually find a way to help others, though the 29-year-old mother of two likely cannot become a teacher as she once aspired.

"She knows that most of her criminal history is due to her own bad choices," Carlson said, also noting Eckdahl's history of abuse, addiction and mental health issues. 

Eckdahl struggled to find words to say when Schneider asked if she had comments.

"I don't know what to say right now," she said. "I know what I did was wrong and I'm prepared to face what's coming ahead for me. I'm waiting to get into treatment. That's one thing that I was hoping for because I'm tired of ... being part of negativity and criminal things."

She is held at the women's prison in New England.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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Crime and Courts Reporter