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Legislator guilty of reckless assault

October 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A freshman state senator was acquitted of smashing a glass into his girlfriend's face, but convicted of a lesser charge for dragging her bleeding from his apartment in a violent scene caught on videotape.

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate, a Queens Democrat, faces up to a year in prison. He is to be sentenced Dec. 4 on a misdemeanor count of third-degree reckless assault for injuring Karla Giraldo while pulling her through a lobby as she resisted, latching on to banisters.

Monserrate, 42, said he tripped while holding the glass, and rushed her to a hospital. Giraldo also said it was an accident. The wound above her left eye required more than 20 stitches.

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