The Richmond Register


September 5, 2013

Woman pleads guilty to attempted murder in 2012 stabbing

RICHMOND — Misty D. Riddell, who was accused of stabbing a woman in a fight over her husband, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted murder.

However, she admitted her guilt with the stipulation that the crime be designated as one involving “nonviolent means” so she will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of her sentence.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith recommended Riddell be sentenced to 15 years in prison for the crime. Riddell had been scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday.

As part of her plea, Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse asked Riddell why she was pleading guilty.

“Because I feel this is what I deserve,” the 21-year-old said.

Clouse asked her to elaborate.

“I found out that Brooke (Feltner) was with my husband,” Riddell said.

She went over to the 18-year-old woman’s Richmond home April 22, 2012, and confronted her, Riddell told the judge. The argument became violent, and Riddell, who was in the first trimester of pregnancy, stabbed Feltner in the chest.

Feltner was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she underwent surgery and spent time recovering in the intensive care unit, according to Smith.

Riddell has been jailed under a $100,000 bond since she was arrested, and she gave birth to her child in November.

She will be eligible for parole in April 2015 after serving 20 percent of her sentence. Being eligible does not mean she’ll automatically be granted parole by the state board.

Riddell originally was indicted on a charge of first-degree assault, but it was amended Thursday to attempted murder. Both charges are Class B felonies that carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.

Riddell’s sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 25.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.

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