A La Crosse woman was convicted Tuesday of stabbing a 15-year-old girl multiple times during a party.
Keyona Banks, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with use
of a dangerous weapon during a hearing in La Crosse County Circuit Court. She also pleaded guilty to obstructing an officer and felony bail jumping in a separate case.
Charges of first-degree reckless endangerment with use of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct were dismissed but can be considered by the judge at Banks’ Oct. 1 sentencing. Prosecutors dismissed two counts of substantial battery, one as party to the crime.
Banks, on June 25, 2011, stabbed the teen four times in her breast and arm during an altercation between two groups on the 900 block of Vine Street, according to the complaint. The wounds required stitches to close.
Police recovered a small knife in Banks’ car, though she said she used it to adjust air vents. She also told investigators that she swung a piece of metal at the teen, but police could not find it, the complaint stated.
Banks also was charged in an incident earlier this year at George Street Pub, 1728 George St., where she admitted being in two fights and lying to police about her name, according to the complaint.