In a shocking and horrifying incident, a 36-year-old New York City father, Stephen Giraldo, pleaded guilty to attempted murder after he ran over his estranged wife, Sophia Giraldo, with a Ford Explorer, and then proceeded to stab her in the liver. The brutal attack occurred just days after Christmas, leaving Sophia with severe neurological damage, broken leg bones, and a stab wound through her liver.
According to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, the incident occurred around 5:20 a.m. on December 27th. Stephen Giraldo was dropping off their three children, aged 6, 9, and 11, at their mother's home. Surveillance footage captured the horrifying scene as Giraldo pulled up in a white Ford Explorer and instructed the children to buckle up. Little did they know, this simple command was a precursor to an act of unimaginable violence.
As Sophia walked out of her home, Giraldo told the children to "keep your seatbelt(s) on" and abruptly hit the gas pedal. The car jumped the curb, causing it to tilt to one side, but Giraldo's rage had not subsided. In a chilling and calculated move, he crawled over his son, who was seated in the front passenger seat, and climbed out of the vehicle's window. Armed with a knife, he then proceeded to stab his wife.
The attack left Sophia Giraldo with severe injuries, including "severe neurological damage," broken leg bones, and a life-threatening wound to her liver. The brutality of this act, combined with the fact that it was committed in front of their three young children, has caused outrage and heartbreak across the city.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz expressed her thoughts on the case, saying, "The horrifying brutality of the attack, and the fact that it was committed in full view of the victim's three young children, stirred outrage and heartbreak across the city." While Giraldo's guilty plea brings some sense of justice, it does not erase the immense pain and lifelong suffering he has caused.
Stephen Giraldo is now awaiting his sentencing in October, where he is expected to receive a 25-year prison sentence. The incident serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers and consequences of domestic violence, leaving a community devastated and a family forever scarred by this tragic event.
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