"But she needs to compensate for the time, money and difficulty this stabbing caused," the judge said. "I know she can't pay that bill. But community service might be what she can do."
Wilson was shaking and crying during her hearing.
"I am very sorry for what I did," she said. "And I would do community service."
Kaufman ordered a 60-day probation, and Wilson is to work at a St. Albans food pantry and soup kitchen for a minimum of an hour each day. She is also to undergo alcohol addiction treatment.
Her court-appointed attorney, Ronnie Sheets, told the judge Wilson was drunk when she stabbed her boyfriend.
"She recognizes she needs alcohol treatment," Sheets said. "The victim is still in love with her and he wants them to marry. She was very intoxicated at the time, and he recognizes that."
Kaufman responded, "I don't care about her relationship with the person she stabbed. And I don't care what he thinks. I care about her responsibility to society. How can she pay something back?"
Sheets said the outstanding hospital bill, after public assistance kicked in, was $119."So somebody else is taking care of it," Kaufman said. "You talk about the taxpayers' cost of incarcerating her, but who do you think is paying these bills?"