A 36-year-old New York City father told his three children to buckle up before he ran over their mother with a Ford Explorer, jumped out of the car and stabbed her in the liver just days after Christmas.
Stephen Giraldo pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday after the attack left his ex-wife Sophia Giraldo, 41, with “severe neurological damage,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement.
The victim survived.
Giraldo is expected to receive a sentence of 25 years in prison at his sentencing in October.
The attack took place around 5:20 a.m. on Dec. 27, according to Katz’s office.
Surveillance video recorded Giraldo arriving at the victim’s home in a white Ford Explorer. He was supposed to leave his children, ages 6, 9, and 11.
When their mother left, according to prosecutors, Giraldo told the children to “keep your seatbelts on” and stepped on the accelerator.
Stephen Giraldo, 36, a father of three from Jamaica, Queens, pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday for running over his ex-wife in this van with their three children inside. Office of Queens District Attorney Stephen Giraldo at his arraignment in Queens Criminal Court .Gregory P. Mango
The car jumped the curb and the impact caused it to fall to the side, but the driver did not finish.
“Giraldo crawled over his son in the front passenger seat and climbed out of the vehicle window and then stabbed his wife with a knife,” according to prosecutors.
Sophia Giraldo seen in an undated photo from Facebook.Instagram/Sophia GiraldoSophia Giraldo with her three children. Instagram/Sofia Giraldo
Sophia Giraldo suffered “severe neurological damage,” broken bones in her legs and a stab wound to the liver, prosecutors said.
“The horrifying brutality of the attack, and the fact that it was committed in full view of the victim’s three young children, sparked outrage and anguish throughout the city,” Katz said Tuesday. “We welcome the guilty plea and seeing a violent and dangerous man go to prison, but today’s outcome does not remedy the immense pain and lifelong suffering caused by the defendant.”