PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A judge has modified bond for a Leola man who was indicted earlier this year on alternate counts of Aggravated Assault; along with Possession of Marijuana (Less Than Two Ounces), DUI-1st and Ingesting. 22-year-old Eric Grabowska pled not guilty to the charges and has been in jail since he was arrested on January 5 at a Pierre motel. Authorities had been summoned earlier that day to a northeast Pierre neighborhood where a Pierre man had been stabbed in the stomach. The stabbing victim required emergency surgery for his wounds. Grabowska has been held on $10,000 cash bond. Previous bond modifications have been rejected.
In court today, Grabowska’s lawyer stated that he had been in jail for 182 days and can’t post a cash bond. She stated that he could return to live with his parents and has a job lined up, but that his hometown is out of the 6th Court District. She indicated that her client could live in Pierre with an acquaintance if he were to be released. Hughes County States Attorney Kelly Marnette said she has never opposed a bond reduction, but that she would like to hear from Grabowska’s father, who she says is a law enforcer, to ensure that Grabowska would be supervised and would show up in court if released from jail to return to Leola. Judge John Brown modified bond to $10,000 cash or surety. He also will allow Grabowska to live outside the 6th Circuit if he is released and he must have no contact with the victim in the case. A jury trial for Grabowska has been scheduled for August 30.
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