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East Elmhurst Woman Faces Up to 7 Years in Prison After Attacking Boyfriend With Samurai Sword: DA

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Jan. 28, 2019  By Meghan Sackman

An East Elmhurst woman is looking at up to seven years in prison after she was convicted at trial today of assaulting her boyfriend with a samurai sword in 2016, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

Karla Barba, 40, was convicted of second-degree assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after a June 8, 2016 incident involving her live-in boyfriend, 40-year-old Franklin Larrea, and his 12-year-old son.

Barba, according to District Attorney Richard Brown, was arguing with Larrea on that day inside the 12-year-old’s bedroom when she grabbed a nearby samurai sword and hit him in the back of the head after he pulled her out of the room.

The sword was inside the blade’s sheath in the first blow, but the sheath fell off as Barba struck Larrea two more times, slicing his left wrist and forearm.

According to the DA, the blows cut down to the bone and severed nerves and tendons. Larrea also lost a significant amount of blood and required an emergency blood transfusion to save his life.

“This was an horrific attack and it is amazing the victim survived,” Brown said. “The walls and doors of the apartment were splattered with blood and the floors covered in puddles of blood.”

A jury convicted Barba, who claimed the incident was an accident, of second-degree assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after a nearly three-week long trial.

Barba’s sentencing, where her prison term will be laid out, is set for Feb. 21.

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