Man who stabbed pregnant woman takes deal

Daniel Surline. (November 2012)

IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Ledge man who stabbed a pregnant woman multiple times in late 2012 has entered into a plea agreement.

Daniel Surline was scheduled to stand trial starting Wednesday in Ionia County Circuit Court. Instead, the 39-year-old pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of misdemeanor stalking.

As part of a plea deal, a initial charge of aggravated stalking was reduced to misdemeanor stalking, and additional charges of felony first-degree home invasion and misdemeanor domestic violence were dismissed.

In late November 2012, Surline stabbed a pregnant woman about five times as she slept on the couch at his ex-girlfriend’s Lake Odessa mobile home.

The pregnant woman was not Surline’s intended victim. He meant to attack his ex-girlfriend. But because it was dark, he did not realize he had stabbed the wrong woman until the ex-girlfriend walked into the room. The ex-girlfriend was not hurt.

The victim was about 8 weeks pregnant at the time and sustained wounds to her head, chest and hand. Her baby was not hurt.

Surline could be sentenced to up to life in prison for the attempted murder.

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