Prison ordered for man in samurai sword attack

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who injured his estranged wife with a samurai sword last year has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to her attempted murder.

Leonardo Sagredo entered the plea to the first-degree felony Friday in 3rd District Court. Salt Lake County prosecutors dropped five felony domestic violence charges in exchange for the plea.

Judge Deno Himonas ordered Sagredo to a prison term of four years to life.

The sword attack occurred Dec. 9 as Sagredo visited his children. Police said Sagredo sharpened the katana sword with a file and then attacked Wynema Noriega, his estranged wife.

Noriega's face and scalp were sliced. The sword was bent in the attack, which was stopped by one of the children in the home.

Noriega filed for divorce in March.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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