Brockton man sentenced to prison after stabbing girlfriend, father, family dog

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) – A 28-year-old Brockton man who went on a violent rampage inside of his girlfriends home was sentenced to two to three years in state prison, according to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn.

Leonardo Medina pled guilty to charges of two counts of assault and battery on a family or household member, one count of animal cruelty, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities say that on December 9, 2018 Medina went to his girlfriends home at 3:00 a.m. and started punching her in the face for no apparent reason.

When asked what he was doing, Medina told his girlfriend to shut up.  The victim screamed to her father for help, and when he came upstairs Medina began to punch him before ransacking the kitchen.

With a kitchen knife, Medina stabbed his girlfriends father in the side of the stomach, before stabbing the family dog in the leg.

When police arrived, they were forced to deploy their tasers in order to get Medina to comply with officers.

Police say that the female victim had swelling on her face and a bloody lip.  Her father was transported to Morton Hospital to be treated for the stab wound.  The family dog, a older Labrador Retriever did not require hospitalization and recovered from the knife wound to its leg.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Lopes and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Thomas Perrino.

Upon his release from prison, Medina will be placed on supervised probation with several conditions. These conditions include the successful completion of a batteries counseling program and an anger management counseling program. Medina is ordered to not come within 1,000 feet of the victims residence, and may make no direct or indirect contact with either victim.

“The defendant went on a violent rampage that included assaulting the two victims and stabbing their dog.  Fortunately. no one was seriously injured.  The defendant was held accountable for his violent behavior.  He will be on supervised release for an additional two years and has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation,” District Attorney Quinn said.

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