New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate is facing New York felony assault charges after a Queens County grand jury indictment on March 23, 2009. The indictment charges that on December 19 of last year, Mr. Monserrate assaulted his girlfriend Karla Girardo with a drinking glass, causing a gash that required 20 stitches to close.
Both Monserrate and Girardo have denied the charges, claiming that the incident occurred when Mr. Monserrate fell while bringing Girardo a glass of water. Monserrate alleges that the charges of New York assault are politically motivated due to a “vendetta” that Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has against him. The A.D.A. prosecuting the case pointed to a video showing Ms. Girardo coming out of an apartment with a towel to her face and Monserrate yanking her away as she tries to hold onto a banister as proof that the injury was not an accident. Further, prosecutors stated that Ms. Girardo told hospital personnel that Monserrate had struck her with a broken glass. If convicted on the felony assault charges, Mr. Monserrate faces up to seven years in prison.
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