Redwood City Woman Gets Probation For Domestic Abuse Charge

REDWOOD CITY (BCN) — A woman who pleaded no contest to slashing her boyfriend with a broken wine bottle was sentenced to probation in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday.

South San Francisco woman Hortensia Ugas-Alvarado, 47, was arrested in July 2008 after she punched her 62-year-old boyfriend in the face and cut him several times with a broken bottle of merlot, according to the district attorney’s office.

The victim, who had apparently admitted to going on a date with another woman, suffered a 3-inch cut on his face, a 10-inch cut on his left bicep and a 6-inch gash in his abdomen, which required surgery.

Ugas-Alvarado took the victim to the hospital and tried to lie about the cause of the injuries, but hospital attendees suspected her explanation and called San Bruno police, according to the district attorney’s office.

Ugas-Alvarado was arrested and charged with felony battery causing serious bodily injury, to which she pleaded no contest on Aug. 23.

Judge Lisa Novak ordered the defendant to serve 3 years supervised probation on condition of 364 days in county jail, to pay restitution in an amount to be determined, to abstain from alcohol and drugs, submit to chemical testing and have no contact with the victim, to pay $400 into a domestic violence fund and submit to 104 hours of domestic violence counseling.

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  • Dan Turner

    Limited information here. Ive seen Men get far worse senrences for throwing beer (just the fluid) on their partner. Why were they so easy on the WOMAN. Domestic violence is suposed to be a zero tolerance subject. What gives here.

    • jossanfran

      I’ve seen women beaten severely for years, decades, by the men in their lives, and there is no police intervention. Let’s not also turn this into MAN VS. WOMAN and add to the hatred going around us. The judge seems to think this woman drinks too much, has put her on a course she must abide by, and if she strays, it’s 364 days in jail. Domestic violence is bad enough, complicated by love/lust/hatred issues, and if we try to demonize the opposite gender, all we do is add to the problem.

  • ray dog

    slap on the wrist does not work drugs and alcohol are a way of life for some people ,hard core addicts need hard core help i know people on that have been on that merrygoround for 50 years— hard core help should be readily avialible

  • Miss Dee

    Maybe he shouldn’t have cheated and he wouldn’t gotten beat in the first place!

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