Leadville woman gets six years for 2012 stabbing
May 24, 2013
A Leadville woman was sentenced Monday to six years in prison after she stabbed a man during a bar fight in 2012.
Venus Cartagena, 30, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree assault, a felony, after admitting to stabbing the victim in the abdomen several times during an altercation in a Leadville bar in August of last year.
The sentencing Monday concluded months of investigation into the complex case.
"While this has been a difficult case due to many conflicting statements and interviewing actions on the evening of August 3, we have made every attempt to fairly and thoroughly prosecute the individual responsible for the serious injuries inflicted upon the victim," District Attorney Bruce Brown stated in a release Wednesday announcing the sentence. "Determining the best course of action requires balancing many considerations involving strength of evidence, seeking justice for victims and ensuring community safety. Ms. Cartegena's sentencing brings closure to the case."
The stabbing followed a fight at the Pastime Bar in Leadville at approximately 2 a.m. Cartagena and an employee of the bar attempted to intervene in the fight and Cartagena pulled out a knife she reportedly always kept on her person. The victim, Martin Fox, suffered three stab wounds to his abdomen and had abdominal evisceration. He had to be air lifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver by helicopter. His current condition is unknown.
Multiple witness interviews pointed to Cartagena, her boyfriend Robert Pacheco and his brother Ruben Pacheco as the primary suspect. Cartagena later confessed to the crime, according to the statement.
Neither of the brothers is facing charges.
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