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Parole denied for Hyde Park stabber

Pearl Moen was sentenced to 15 years in prison early this year for the attack as part of a plea agreement. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

Parole has been denied for a woman convicted of stabbing a stranger 21 times in Hyde Park two years ago.

Pearl Moen was sentenced to 15 years in prison early this year for the attack as part of a plea agreement.

It happened in the early morning hours of November 14. Police say the victim was lying on the sidewalk outside an apartment complex after an all-night date, having just dozed off. She awoke when Moen, then 17 years old, stabbed her with a knife multiple times, according to court documents.

The victim suffered massive blood loss, a collapsed lung, and permanent nerve and tendon damage. She survived after surgery and multiple blood transfusions.

Moen had a history of drug use and psychological issues, but no criminal record. She hid in the bushes watching the victim prior to the stabbing, which she carried out because she wanted to know what it would feel like to commit murder. She later depicted the stabbing in several drawings that were discovered by her mother and given to the police.

Moen became eligible for parole on Nov. 8. Her plea agreement means she only has to serve a fourth of her sentence, and she earns two days toward her sentence for every day of good conduct.

According to online records, her parole was denied because "the record indicates the instant offense has elements of brutality, violence, assaultive behavior, or conscious selection of victim's vulnerability indicating a conscious disregard for the lives, safety, or property of others, such that the offender poses a continuing threat to public safety."

The victim of the stabbing had asked the public to write a letter to petition against Moen's parole.

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