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Grapeland Woman Arrested for Stabbing Sister

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – A physical altercation between two sisters led to one being stabbed in April and the other being taken to jail in June.

Jessica Margalo Gilpin, 40, with a listed Grapeland address, was booked into the Houston County Jail on June 5 in reference to an incident which occurred in mid-April.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Houston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Adam Simison was dispatched to a location in the 900 block of US Hwy. 287N in regard to a domestic disturbance call.

When he arrived at the location, he was informed by the assault victim that her sister, identified as Jessica M. Gilpin, had stabbed her several times.

The victim reported that her sister, Jessica Gilpin was intoxicated by drugs, pulled a knife and cut her in the stomach, the right hand, the left shoulder and right arm.

“(The victim’s) injuries sustained to her person displayed fresh, red blood and bruises to her body from the attack by Jessica. (The victim) stated she wants to file criminal charges against Jessica for assaulting and cutting her with a knife,” the affidavit reported.

Witnesses at the scene further corroborated the victim’s account of the events which took place.

Gilpin was booked into custody on June 5 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.

According to Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

She is being held at the Houston County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.