By Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A girl accused of stabbing a fellow student at a Lincoln high school last year has entered a no contest plea to a felony assault charge.

The 17-year-old entered the plea Monday in Lancaster County District Court as part of a deal reached with prosecutors. Charges of first-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon were dropped.

A no contest plea acknowledges there is sufficient evidence to convict but is not an admittance of guilt. The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles accused of crimes.

Police say the teen used a hunting knife and a claw hammer to attack a 17-year-old girl in a bathroom at Lincoln Pius X High School in October 2013. The girl was hospitalized and survived the attack.

Sentencing is scheduled on Oct. 16.

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