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Stabbing Suspect Charged as an Adult Submitted: 12/15/2012
Rhinelander - We're learning more about the early morning stabbing on Spring Lake Road in Rhinelander that happened Wednesday.

We've learned from the district attorney's office the 16-year-old suspect will be tried as an adult.

Michael Thimm was charged today with first degree attempted intentional homicide, and first degree recklessly endangering safety.

The stabbing happened at 7:30 Wednesday morning. Thimm told police he was arguing with his stepdad, Joel Sandberg, about the amount of time Thimm spends on the computer. He told police they began fighting and he grabbed a buck knife off a shelf. Thimm ended up stabbing Sandberg, and his mother, Theresa Nordquist.

District Attorney Mike Schiek has decided to charge Thimm as an adult.

"If there's crimes alleged to have been committed that meet a certain criteria you can automatically jump those into adult court. We did charge out attempted first degree intentional homicide and that automatically puts even a juvenile, in certain circumstances like this one, he automatically gets referred to adult court," says Schiek.

Thimm is being held in custody until his initial appearance in Oneida County court Monday. He faces more than 72 years in prison if convicted.

Both victims have been released from the hospital.

Written By: Lyndsey Stemm

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