NEW YORK (WPIX)—Queens Senator Hiram Monserrate has been sentenced to three years probation on a charge he brutally attacked his girlfriend.
Friday's sentencing also included 250 hours of community service and 52 weeks of domestic abuse counseling. An order of protection was continued.
He would have spent up to a year behind bars on a third-degree reckless assault.
In October, Monserrate was acquitted on a felony charge of second-degree assault for slashing his girlfriend's face during a fight at his Jackson Heights apartment last December.
The Queens lawmaker was found guilty on a lesser charge of third-degree assault for injuring his girlfriend Karla Giraldo while he forcibly dragged her by the arm during the heated argument. The violent assault was caught on tape and show's Monserrate grabbing and shoving Giraldo as she held onto a door frame - bleeding and screaming.
Giraldo initially told authorities she was attacked by the Queen's Democrat but later retracted her story. However, during opening arguments of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Scott Kessler told a judge the 30-year-old cried to a nurse after the fight, "My face! My face! I can't believe he did this to me."
Giraldo needed 20 stitches to repair her face, police said.
Monserrate pleaded not guilty to assault charges in the incident. He claimed the whole ordeal was an accident.