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Rita Palato Waives Preliminary Hearing In Stabbing Case

Rita Palato
Casper Police Dept.

The case involving a Casper woman accused of stabbing a man, is moving to district court.

Fifty-four year old Rita Palato has waived her preliminary hearing on one charge of aggravated assault and one charge of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent.

Casper police say in late May, officers responded to the two-hundred block of West Seventh Street and found the victim bleeding with several puncture wounds.

The victim told investigators that his cousin and Palato had been out drinking, when the cousin revealed some information, that the victim claimed was a lie.

Palato got upset and later found the victim and attacked him with a knife, saying she was going to kill him.

When police arrived, they detected an alcohol odor coming from Palato, and a portable breath test showed that she had a blood alcohol content of point-one-eight percent.

Palato is being held on $10,000 bond awaiting trial…and could face up to 10 years in prison on the assault charge and up to five years on the possession charge if convicted.

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