According to a press statement released by Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz’s office on Friday, a man from New York City has been given a 25-year prison sentence for attempting to murder his estranged wife. The man had pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced just one month later. The brutal attack included hitting his wife with an SUV and stabbing her in front of their children.
According to a statement released on Friday, Stephen Giraldo, who is 37 years old, has been sentenced for the tragic incident during the Christmas holidays in 2022. He was found guilty of running over his wife, Sophia Giraldo, and stabbing her in front of their three children.
At the time of the attack, Sophia was 41 years old, and although she survived, she remained unconscious ten months later. The traumatic incident was witnessed by their three sons, aged 11, 9, and 6 at the time.
According to the statement, Katz described this case as one of the most heinous that they have ever prosecuted. He expressed disbelief at the fact that the perpetrator would instruct their children to fasten their seat belts, deliberately assault their spouse, and then proceed to climb over their son to continue the attack with a knife. Such behaviour is genuinely appalling and unacceptable.
In expressing her thoughts on the sentencing, she mentioned that her hope is for it to bring some sense of justice.
Sophia’s birthday was just a day away when the sentencing occurred on Friday. Her mother, Deborah Brooks, shared this information in a recent social media post.
According to a statement, Stephen was captured on security camera footage in his car outside Sophia’s home in the early morning of December 27th.
As per the prosecutors, Stephen instructed his children to “keep their seat belts on” just before he ran into his wife Sophia, as reported earlier by PEOPLE.
According to the DA’s office, Sophia suffered from significant neurological impairment a punctured liver and fractured bones. Fortunately, the children were unharmed during the incident.
Sophia’s father, Chuck Brooks, created a GoFundMe page shortly after the attack, expressing that the incident and the following journey have been a “whirlwind of tragedy.” In September, he thanked the donors and supporters who contributed generously.
Sophia’s family has been faced with the challenging and costly process of visiting New York from Maryland, which they have detailed on the fundraiser page. The page has already raised over $50,000 to support the family with their travel and associated expenses.
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