A Misdemeanor for Monserrate
October 15th, 2009

Sen. Hiram Monserrate was acquitted by a judge today of two felony assault charges. He was found guilty on one misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. Monserrate will be sentenced on Dec. 4. He could face up to a year in jail.

Last December Monserrate’s then girlfriend Karla Giraldo was slashed across the face by a broken glass in Monserrate’s apartment.

Prosecutors charged that Monserrate intentionally slashed Giraldo across the face in a jealous rage. Monserrate claimed that it was a simple accident. An emergency room doctor testified that Giraldo told him that Monserrate had attacked her but Giraldo denied that.

Prosecutors showed surveillance video of Monserrate pulling the clearly distressed Giraldo out of his apartment and down a flight of stairs on the way to the emergency room.

Monserrate would have lost his Senate seat had he been convicted of a felony. Jimmy Vielkind points out that Monserrate still could be removed, if his colleagues so wished.

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