New London woman to serve probation for domestic knifings

A New London woman who stabbed her boyfriend on two separate occasions has been sentenced to five years probation in New London Superior Court.

Marilyn Cruz, 60, had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and third-degree assault. Judge Hillary B. Strackbein sentenced her May 17 to five years in prison, fully suspended, followed by five years of probation.

According to court documents, Cruz, then of 19 Moore Ave., stabbed her boyfriend of about one year in the hand on October 23, 2016, and told police she was mad at him for being lazy.

Cruz was arrested, and while her court case was pending, was charged June 9, 2017, with stabbing the same victim in the chest with a steak knife, inflicting an injury that left the man in critical condition.

She was released from prison to a community program where she underwent counseling for a variety of issues, including anger management, social skills and addiction, according to her court file.

The judge ordered Cruz to have no contact with the victim, to take only prescribed medications and to complete a program offered by Alternative in the Community as well as any other counseling deemed necessary by her probation officer.


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