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Wife gets probation for stabbing spouse

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A Medina woman who stabbed her 67-year-old husband in the chest last year was ordered to seek treatment in a residential alcohol rehabilitation center.

Diana Gerspacher, 62, was charged with one count of attempted felonious assault, a third-degree felony. Police said she stabbed her husband, David, with a knife following an argument in their Beechwood Drive home last December.


Diana Gerspacher


She called 911 and admitted to the act. Her husband recovered after undergoing surgery for life-threatening injuries.

Gerspacher was facing up to three years in prison after pleading guilty in November to attempted felonious assault, a third-degree felony. She originally was charged with a second count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, which was dropped as part of a plea deal.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler sentenced Gerspacher Dec. 29. She also ordered Gerspacher to complete three years of probation. If she violates any terms of her probation, she would face a sentence of two years in prison.

County Assistant Prosecutor Matt McNamara said Monday the case was unusual because Gerspacher’s behavior was dangerous but found to be the result of medical and mental health issues.

Defense attorney Mike Ash said the stabbing occurred when the victim tried to take the knife away from Gerspacher during an argument.

“It was more of an accident than anything else,” he said Monday.

Liverpool man gets prison for robberies

A Liverpool Township man will serve three years in prison on four counts of aggravated robbery stemming from knifepoint holdups of convenience stores and motels in Medina, Lorain and Cuyahoga counties.

Nathan A. Holsman, 30, changed his 2015 not guilty plea to guilty Dec. 30 and was sentenced by Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

Holsman admitted stealing the money to feed a heroin habit, county Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury said Monday.

In Wadsworth Municipal Court in November 2015, Holsman was shown on surveillance footage wearing a mask and wielding a knife to rob Circle K stores in Lodi and Eaton Township in Lorain County.

Holsman also was convicted of robberies at motels in Strongsville and Medina Township between

Oct. 11 and Oct. 20, 2015. Holsman wore either a skeleton mask or a ghost face as depicted in the movie “Scream.”

He faced up to 11 years in prison on each charge.

Holsman waived his right to appeal, according to court documents.

Contact reporter Marina Malenic at (330) 721-4063 or

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