Frederick woman gets 18 months in 2009 stabbing over hat

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Frederick woman has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for stabbing a man during a dispute over a hat.

Twenty-nine-year-old Paula Fatka was scheduled for trial Wednesday on six charges including armed robbery and theft, but reached a plea deal after the victim would not cooperate with prosecutors.

Police said Fatka stabbed Steven Burdette at a Frederick home in January 2009 after she tried to leave with his hat and he confronted her. When Burdette went to a hospital to have his wound treated, hospital staff called police who obtained a warrant for Fatka's arrest.

Fatka eluded capture for two years, but surrendered to police in January.

Retired Judge Mary Ann Stepler ordered Fatka to serve 18 months of a 15-year sentence.


Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post,