UPDATE: Sarah Piccolo pleads no contest in stabbing incident

Posted By: Camila Orti

Former Lincoln Pius X student Sarah Piccolo pleaded no contest to second degree assault in Lancaster County District Court.

The 17-year-old had her plea hearing Monday afternoon. The judge found her guilty of second degree assault, a lower charge than what she was previously facing, as part of an agreement with the state.

Back in October, Piccolo was accused of randomly attacking 17-year-old Ellen Kopetzky, a fellow student at Pius X High School, in a school bathroom. Prosecutors say she used a hunting knife and hammer in the attack, which left Kopetzky with cuts to her hands and face and blunt force trauma to her head.

The ordeal shocked the high school community.

Due to the seriousness of the crime, Piccolo was charged in adult court. She initially faced first degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Each of those carry a maximum of 50 years in prison.

With the plea deal, Piccolo now faces 1-20 years behind bars and up to a $25,000 fine.

Piccolo told the judge she’s seeing a psychiatrist and taking prescriptions for anxiety and depression.

Kopetzky was present at the hearing.

Piccolo’s sentencing is set for October 16.