Samurai sword slasher sentenced to jail for attack on boyfriend in their Queens home
The ex-girlfriend of disgraced politician Hiram Monserrate was sentenced Tuesday to three years in jail for a samurai sword attack on her current boyfriend in their Queens apartment that sent him to a hospital for a blood transfusion.
Despite gushing blood from the 2016 attack, the victim testified in Karla Barba’s defense. But that wasn’t enough to keep a jury in January from convicting her of assault and endangering the welfare of a child in the Jackson Heights home the couple shared with their daughter and his son.
Barba, 40, was also sentenced to two years postrelease supervision during which she can have no contact with the children.
Prosecutors said Barba used the sword during a heated argument with beau Franklin Larrea, and hacked him repeatedly.
According to Larrea, the two were arguing over whether his 12-year-old son would visit with Larrea’s sister and her alcoholic husband.
Larrea testified that he grabbed Barba and shoved her down during the June 2016 altercation.
“This was a brutal attack,” said Queens Assistant District Attorney John Ryan. “The scene had blood puddles on the floor and crimson red streaks on the walls. This could have ended more tragically, but the victim survived and the defendant has been ordered to prison for a significant period of time.”
Barba claimed that she didn’t plan on grabbing the sword and that it was just the first thing she could get her hands on.
She also said she wasn’t trying to hit him in the head when she swung the sword in that direction.
“Accidents happen,” she explained last week during her testimony.
The jury and judge were not swayed.
“I can only hope that Mr. Larrea can somehow heal from this and that Frank Jr. be given the attention and concern that he deserves here,” said Judge Deborah Stevens Modica, who pronounced the sentence. “Mr. Larrea is the victim here. The defendant is not the victim here. And great mothers don’t do this to the person they love and the father of their children and they don’t do it in front of their children. That’s just a fact. “
The bloody battle between Barba and Larrea is not the first time Barba was involved in a domestic dispute that became public.
In December 2008, Monserrate, a state senator at the time, was captured on videotape dragging Barba by the hair through the lobby of his apartment building.
According to initial accounts, Monserrate slashed her across the face with a wine glass but Barba later testified that the 20 stitches she got on her face were the result of an accident.