Friday, October 21, 2005


Christianity, Idaho division

We won't classify this as church-related, but it says something about our Idahoan Christian friends. Thanks to YH for the tip.

IDAHO CITY, Idaho -- A woman who scalped a teenage friend for lying about being raped was sentenced to 10 years in prison for felony aggravated battery.

District Judge Kathryn Sticklen on Friday ordered Marianne Dahle, 27, to serve at least four years before she will be eligible for parole. Sticklen said she had little confidence that Dahle would seek psychiatric help and avoid harming society on her own.

The January attack left the victim, a 16-year-old identified only as Sheila, physically and emotionally scarred, prosecuting attorney Theresa Gardunia said.

The teen was too afraid of Dahle to read a statement at sentencing, Gardunia said. The girl has undergone several surgeries and will need more, she said.

Dahle fidgeted with a Bible and looked at a picture of her young son during the proceedings. She sobbed when she was given a chance to speak.

"I had something that I wanted to say to Sheila, but she's not here," Dahle said. "I pray for her. I have a hard time sleeping at night because when I close my eyes, all I see is the horror of that night."

Defense attorney Kathy Edwards said Dahle suffers from bipolar disorder and was not taking her medication at the time of the attack.

Sheila had been hanging out with Dahle and a punk clique and was given a mohawk haircut when the others decided she was worthy, Edwards said. When they found out she made up a story that she had been raped, the group decided Sheila could no longer wear the mohawk. Dahle was given a dull knife to remove it, Edwards said.

"She didn't even realize until she was done the extent of the horrible injury on the person," Edwards said. "She insisted they take the victim to the hospital, and Mary sat with the victim the entire way to the hospital, with her shirt trying to stop the bleeding."

Gardunia offered another version of the events.

She said Dahle and another woman lured Sheila to a remote area, bound her with rope and duct tape and at one point held her under water. Then Dahle decided to give her the "haircut," she said.

"She cut off approximately a 15.2 to 20.3 centimeters section of her scalp," Gardunia said. "This was not an accident." (AP)


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