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Duluth man receives probation for self-inflicted injuries

A Duluth man who critically stabbed himself after threatening to kill his former girlfriend was sentenced Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court to one year in jail and seven years probation.

Scott Cahill Akervik, 43, pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and battery in January. Felony charges of attempted first-degree homicide and false imprisonment were dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint:

Akervik broke into the Superior apartment where his ex-girlfriend lived the evening of July 8 by ripping out a window screen and climbing into her kitchen. She confronted him and the two argued. Akervik then grabbed the woman by the neck in a choke hold and dragged her toward the kitchen counter. He yelled that he was going to get a knife and kill her, then kill himself. When he grabbed for the knife drawer she pulled away from him and ran out of the apartment.

When police arrived on the scene, Akervik walked out of the apartment covered in blood. He told officers that he stabbed himself in the stomach because the victim broke up with him. Akervik was taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital for emergency surgery. He was then admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Akervik's attorney, Rick Gondik, argued the incident was a suicide attempt. He recommended a year in jail in conjunction with probation. Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank recommended a 121?2-year sentence with 71?2 years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

Judge Michael Lucci handed down a seven-year sentence -- three years in prison and four years of extended supervision -- and stayed it in favor of probation and the jail sentence. If Akervik violates probation, the Duluth man would serve the prison sentence instead.

Conditions of his probation include both psychological and chemical dependency evaluations with no Huber work release until the assessments are complete. He must also submit a DNA sample, have no contact with the victim, pay $1,000 restitution and $600 in fines.

Call Maria Lockwood at call (715) 395-5025 or e-mail mlockwood@superiortelegram.com.

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