New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate was found not guilty on two counts of felony assault in his slash-and-gash case today.
The Queens Democrat was charged with slashing his girlfriend Karla Giraldo in the face with a broken glass in December of 2008. Monserrate was found guilty of the lesser charge of third-degree assault for dragging a bleeding Giraldo down the hallway of their building after the alleged attack. That charge is only a misdemeanor so the lawmaker will be able to keep his seat in Albany.
Despite initially claiming Monserrate attacked her, Giraldo had refused to cooperate with the prosecution in the case.
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