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Donald Edward Partridge

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The 75-year-old man who stabbed a shopper in a downtown grocery store last spring has been found mentally unfit to proceed with the case.

Donald Edward Partridge has been committed to the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, through an April 23 order by Yellowstone County District Court Judge Mary Jane Knisely.

In August, Partridge admitted stabbing a 43-year-old woman who was shopping in the meat department at Albertsons, 611 N. 27th St, on April 23, 2018.

Partridge asked the woman for the time and then stabbed her in the abdomen, prosecutors charged.

While police were transporting Partridge to jail, he admitted to the stabbing and said he’d done it because he “does not understand Billings and he is unhappy with the VA and his living conditions,” charges state.

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The woman was treated at the Billings Clinic emergency room for her wounds.

Partridge’s criminal case has been suspended after his Warm Springs commitment. The judge must review his status within 90 days.

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.