Shedd woman gets nearly 6 years for Frontier stabbing

A woman accused of stabbing a man and woman outside the Frontier tavern was sentenced on June 10 to five years 10 months in prison.

Lana Jean Hecocta, 28, of Shedd pleaded guilty in Linn County Circuit Court to two counts of second-degree assault, a class B felony. One count of attempted murder and one count of second-degree assault were dismissed.

The sentence also carried 36 months of post-prison supervision and $1,214 in fines and restitution.

Hecocta was arrested May 2 following a fight outside the Frontier bar, 1234 Main St., in which another woman and two men suffered knife wounds, police said. Officials located a woman, Alleah Mohamed, 25, of Sweet Home lying on the sidewalk with a knife wound to the back. A second victim, Cyrus Hankins, 29, of Sweet Home suffered knife wounds to the face. A bar employee also suffered minor facial wounds when he attempted to intervene.

Hecocta apparently had an ongoing relationship with Hankins and allegedly sent him several threatening messages warning him not to come to the bar, Police Chief Bob Burford said. “Hankins apparently ignored those warnings and arrived to watch Mohamed participate in a ‘Jell-O wrestling event.”

Hankins was later standing on the sidewalk next to Mohamed when Hecocta approached and stabbed Mohamed in the back, Burford said. Hecocta stabbed at Hankins several times, striking him in the face.