Hyde Park attacker who stabbed woman denied parole

Nov 09, 2017

A Hyde Park woman who pleaded guilty to stabbing a woman 21 times in 2015 was denied parole Wednesday.

Pearl Moen, who was 18 when she was arrested early last year and is now 20, pleaded guilty in January to attacking a woman the morning of Nov. 14, 2015. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempted murder.

“The record indicates the instant offense has elements of brutality, violence, assaultive behavior, or conscious selection of victim’s vulnerability indicating a conscious disregard for the lives, safety, or property of others, such that the offender poses a continuing threat to public safety,” the parole decision’s notes say.

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On the day of the attack, Moen’s victim was lying outside on a blanket near the corner of 44th Street and Speedway when someone — who police and prosecutors later determined was Moen — suddenly attacked her with a knife. Moen stabbed the victim nearly two dozen times, and the woman was taken to the hospital with injuries that she said required months of physical therapy to recover from.