Sa­mu­rai sword slasher sen­tenced to jail for at­tack on boyfriend in their Queens home

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mikey Light and Leonard Greene

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.

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