Assault, not murder charges in plea deal

Published on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 20:22
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - A woman who admitted to stabbing a close companion in July 2017 pleaded guilty to first-degree assault Wednesday in order to have an attempted murder charge dropped.

Tianna Laboy, 20, was arrested after she stabbed a man who had told her to leave the apartment they shared. Laboy walked into the kitchen of a Pennsylvania Avenue address, pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed the man several times, a prosecutor said. She fled and was found walking in the area, police said.

He suffered wounds to the head and hand that are still impacting his life, said New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski. “He can no longer effectively use his right hand,” Preleski said.

Laboy cried openly during the proceedings at New Britain Superior Court. She was initially charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, interfering with an emergency call and disorderly conduct. She pleaded guilty to first-degree assault under the Alford Doctrine, which means she didn’t agree with all of the facts of the case, but wanted to avoid the possibility of being convicted and getting a stiffer sentence after a trial.

Under the agreement she will serve seven years of an 18 year sentence and then she will be on probation for five years after her release.

Judge Joan Alexander put in place a standing protective order barring Laboy from ever contacting the victim again. She will be formally sentenced on October 18.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 20:22. Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2018 20:24.