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A Lake Geneva woman pleaded guilty April 9 to two charges, however, the most serious charge against her was dismissed.

Zelda E. Kranig, 48, 930 Marshall St., pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless injury and aggravated battery in connection with a Feb. 20 incident during which she stabbed her roommate in the chest, according to the criminal complaint.

The district attorney's office dismissed a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Kranig is scheduled for sentencing May 22. The maximum penalty for first-degree reckless injury is 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. A conviction for aggravated battery carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

A police officer was dispatched to the Como Cabins on County Highway H at about 8 p.m. Feb. 20 after owner Paul Florick called and said the victim had come to his door bleeding from the chest.

Nelson was transported to Lakeland Medical Center where it was determined that he had suffered a punctured lung and internal bleeding that needed surgery.

The police officer found Kranig with blood on her right palm and her jacket.

Kranig told the officer that she and the victim had a verbal fight that escalated to Nelson striking her in the face. She responded by stabbing him with the knife, according to her statement to the officer.

"The defendant further stated that she wanted to stab (the victim) a week prior but did not get the chance," according to the criminal complaint. "Kranig stated that she is tired of the physical abuse she suffered from Nelson and that it was time for it to stop."

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