NP Youth Center Stabbing Suspect Makes Plea Deal

Jordan Baker

Jordan Baker

A teen accused in the stabbing of two workers at the Nebraska Youth Shelter in North Platte has made a plea deal with prosecutors.

Jordan Baker, 16, appeared in Lincoln County District Court on Monday.

Baker and 18-year old Keenan Lambert are accused of stabbing Diana Johns and Robin Schneider during an escape attempt on July 8, 2013.

The duo allegedly attacked the two women, then stole one of their cars and fled.  They were eventually captured in Dawson County and arrested.

Prosecutors say Baker stabbed Johns twice in the neck.  Johns had to be transported to a Level 1 trauma center, because the knife hit an artery which caused serious, potentially fatal bleeding.  She has since recovered from the wounds.  Schneider was allegedly stabbed five times by Lambert.

Both teens underwent a psychological evaluation and were found competent to stand trial.

Baker originally entered a not guilty plea, and planned to go to trial in March.

However, prosecutors recently offer him a deal and he accepted.

In exchange for a no contest plea, an attempted murder charge was reduced to 1st degree assault, a Class II Felony.

Lincoln County Attorney, Rebecca Harling, said the deal was made after discussion with the victims and their families, and said they were understanding.

Baker will be sentenced on April 28th for the assault charge and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

Lambert’s trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on March 11th.