Ashland woman will serve 90 days for stabbing ex-husband

An Ashland woman, originally charged with attempting to murder her ex-husband, will serve 90 days in jail for stabbing him last year.

Marilyn Alice Gale, 60, pleaded guilty today in Jackson County Circuit Court to third-degree assault and first-degree burglary. The sentence imposed by Judge Ray White includes five years of supervised probation, and Gale must comply with a list of conditions that includes having no contact with the victim, Alan Gale.

She also must continue with mental health treatment. Gale will receive credit for time served after her May 2008 arrest, but could end up serving up to three years in prison on the assault charge if she violates any of her probation conditions, White said.

Marilyn Gale broke into the home of Alan Gale May 1, 2008, just after 2 a.m. and attacked her ex-husband with a knife, according to Ashland police. Alan Gale was taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he remained hospitalized for a few days.

Before today's sentencing, Alan Gale sent a letter to the court stating he wanted his ex-wife to get the help she needed. He said he did not think prison was the appropriate place for her to receive this help, White said.

Prior to the plea agreement, Gale was facing charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary. Released from jail on bail, she has been living with family in Long Beach, Calif. Gale may apply to transfer her probation to California after she has completed her sentence in the Jackson County Jail, White said.

— Sanne Specht

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