Accused stabber was released recently

4/11/2014

By KELTON BROOKS

By KELTON BROOKS

kbrooks@gctelegram.com

A Garden City man accused of stabbing a local Walmart employee had been released from jail recently after being sentenced to probation and ordered to take prescribed medicine for mental illness in connection with an attempted robbery conviction.

Quincy Crough, 31, 2606 Fair St., Apt. 15, was arrested Sunday on allegations of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary. Garden City police say Crough entered Walmart at about 8 a.m. Sunday, went to the store's electronics department and in an unprovoked attack, stabbed 31-year-old Walmart employee Estrella Parral, Garden City. Parral had multiple stab wounds to her head and face and was transported to St. Catherine Hospital. She has since been released.

Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said her office is reviewing the case and expects charges to be filed against Crough on Monday.

Crough was convicted on March 7 of attempted robbery for an incident at Walmart on Nov. 2, 2013.

He had been ordered by the court on Jan. 21 to be evaluated by Compass Behavioral Health, 1111 E. Spruce St., for competency to stand trial, but he later pleaded no contest.

He served 115 days in jail from Nov. 2 to Nov. 14, 2013, and from Dec. 16, 2013, to March 27, the date of his sentencing.

Judge Robert Frederick sentenced Crough to two years probation and an underlying prison term of 29 months, and also ordered him to stay out of Walmart. The current aggravated burglary allegation stems from this incident.

Prior to Crough's sentencing on the attempted robbery conviction, his attorney, Public Defender Kristi Cott, submitted a motion on March 20 asking the court to consider granting Crough probation.

In the motion, Cott wrote "... Granting Mr. Crough probation would benefit community safety interests in the long run. Community safety would be better protected because Mr. Crough will be able to get the proper therapy he needs due to his mental illness."

Cott also noted in the motion that Crough had "voluntarily entered into Larned State Hospital for therapy," and "if released from jail, he would be willing to participate in any treatment necessary."

Cott could not be reached for comment.

Sentencing documents cited the support of Crough's family and the rehabilitative services available to him as reasons to grant probation. As part of his sentence, Crough was ordered to take prescribed medication and comply with services and therapy that address his mental health.

Crough is being held at the Finney County Jail, where his bond is set at $500,000.

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