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Donald Shane Sperling (mug shot TCSO)

After two days of testimony and fifteen minutes of deliberation, a jury in Taney County has convicted a man who repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend last summer in Hollister.

Forty-one-year-old Donald Shane Sperling, Forsyth, will be sentenced in November for first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

On June 25, 2009, Sperling and his girlfriend, (T. M.) were in a verbal dispute on the front lawn of a residence on Iowa Colony Road in Hollister when the verbal fight allegedly became physical and Sperling stabbed the woman multiple times.

According to court documents, after the victim (T. M.) was stabbed she stumbled inside and told her son, "I'm going to die, he stabbed me." The victim's son met the ambulance at a central location because they lived in a remote area, and his mother's wounds were life threatening.

T.M. was transported to Skaggs hospital then transferred to a Springfield hospital with critical injuries.

The day after the assault, Sperling walked in to the Ava police department and told them he was wanted in Hollister for stabbing his girlfriend multiple times the night before.

Sperling is scheduled to be sentenced November 4th.

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