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A woman appeared in court Tuesday on a charge that she used a knife to slash her 68-year-old husband’s face, leaving a cut several inches long that prosecutors say required surgery.

Shery Lynn Downs, 52, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a felony charge of assault with a weapon.

Police arrested Downs, who is also known as Shery Lynn Brooks, Monday night after responding to an assault reported at the couple’s home on Moss Lane, charging documents state.

When police arrived, they found the man on the front steps holding a blood-soaked towel to his face, court records say. Following a trail of blood, an officer went into the home and found Downs, who appeared to be intoxicated. She said her husband hurt himself.

Downs reportedly told police her husband had been causing problems by urinating on the floor, and that he had called a cable company and given a false name in an attempt to get cable service.

Downs told police that her husband swore at her when she called police about his interaction with the cable company, and she denied ever seeing a weapon or his injuries.

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The man, whose face required surgery to repair a large cut, also told police that his wife had become angry with him because he urinated on the bathroom floor, court records state.

The man said his wife told him she wanted to “cut him up” and then slashed his face. Court records say she used a “cleaver-type” knife and told the man she hoped he would die.

When an officer spoke with Downs after she had been taken to the jail, she said that her husband had cut himself, but that her fingerprints would be on the knife because she used it to cut meat, charging documents state.

Judge David A. Carter set Downs’ bond at $5,000 and scheduled her to appear in District Court on Friday. According to prosecutors, her only criminal history includes a 2013 disorderly conduct conviction.

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