Another sweet plea deal. Cartoon county sure doesn’t spend much money on jury trials.

Man sentenced to 8 years in Cloquet stabbing
By Tom Olsen on Dec 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

A Cloquet man has been sentenced to more than 8½ years in prison after admitting that he attacked a sleeping man with a knife.

Daniel David Schafter, 29, pleaded guilty last month in State District Court in Carlton to a first-degree assault charge in the Aug. 1 attack on 26-year-old Justin Moreno.
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Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Macaulay on Wednesday sentenced Schafter to 103 months in prison, accepting the recommendations of a plea agreement.

Schafter initially faced an attempted premeditated first-degree murder charge, which was downgraded in the agreement.

According to the criminal complaint:

Cloquet and Fond du Lac police officers were dispatched to a residence on the 300 block of Ridge Road about 12:35 a.m. on Aug. 1 on a report of a 26-year-old man who had been stabbed and was bleeding badly.

When police arrived, they saw the victim — identified as Justin Moreno — sitting in the entry area of the residence, covered in blood. He was “bleeding profusely but still conscious at the time.” Moreno allegedly identified his assailant as Schafter and provided some other basic details of the attack.

A woman who lived at the home also was there and told officers she and Moreno were sleeping downstairs when she heard someone come in. She said Schafter became irate and went into a “fit of rage,” attacking Moreno, who was still sleeping.

The female witness said Moreno then got out of bed and chased Schafter out of the house before realizing he was critically injured and collapsing to the floor in the entryway of the residence.

Moreno was stabbed multiple times in the leg, abdomen, arm and chest, suffering a punctured lung. His condition initially was considered life-threatening.

Schafter was arrested hours later when authorities said his estranged wife called police to report that he arrived at her residence on the 300 block of 10th Street in Cloquet. Authorities said he admitted to stabbing Moreno.

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