Groton stabbing case resolved with guilty plea

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A 33-year-old woman charged with stabbing another woman in July 2018 in a dispute over a teenage male pleaded guilty Monday as jury selection was scheduled to begin in New London Superior Court.

Stephanie M. Fialco-Garchitor of New London, who had faced a felony assault charge, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of third-degree assault and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors, and was sentenced to two years in prison, fully suspended, followed by two years' probation.

According to court documents and testimony, Fialco-Garchitor and the victim, who is from Groton and also was charged in the incident, had contact several times prior to the July 31 incident.

Groton police said they were called to the Pequot Medical Center for a report of a patient with stab wounds. The woman suffered lacerations to her arm and chest. Though the injuries were not life-threatening, she was transferred to the Yale New Haven Hospital for surgery.

Police said the two women confronted each other on Quincy Court in Poquonnock Bridge, and the victim was cut several times with a sharp blade.

Fialco-Garchitor remains on special parole stemming from a 2017 conviction for possession of narcotics with intent to sell, according to court records.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney Sarah W. Bowman. Fialco-Garchitor was represented by attorney Matthew J. Costello, who was appointed by the court.

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