STAMFORD — Despite a woman’s pleas for clemency, a Stamford judge sentenced her husband to five years in jail Wednesday for stabbing her multiple times 17 months ago.
Vazquez, 31, then living in the Washington Village public housing complex, flew into a rage with his wife about how she was treating their young son and stabbed the 30-year-old woman several times in the body and face on Sept. 29, 2011.
When officers got to the apartment the two shared, they found the woman severely wounded and bleeding profusely, police said at the time.
Vazquez told police the two got into a heated argument because he thought his wife was being too hard on the son. Police said Vazquez then pulled out a hunting knife and began stabbing the woman on the side of her torso and face several times.
“The type of wounds she had would be indicative of someone in a rage,” Detective Bureau Sgt. Thomas Roncinske said at the time.
At his sentencing at state Superior Court in Stamford Wednesday, Bernardi said Vazquez’s wife has asked that her husband be released. Bernardi said the woman called the injury an accident that nearly took her life and Vazquez was originally charged with attempted murder.
At one point the woman even claimed that Vazquez was cutting apples in the kitchen with a knife and she got too close and was accidentially wounded, Bernardi said. But the woman’s claims did not fit the forensic evidence at the scene and Bernardi asked Comerford that Vazquez be given the agreed upon sentence for his guilty plea to first-degree assault.
Comerford sentenced Vazquez to 10 years in jail while suspending half the sentence. Vazquez must also spend five years on probation and his ability to see his wife after he gets out of jail will be determined at that point.
Vazquez’s attorney Richard Marquette said, “He is a good person, who had a bad incident.”