Victoria woman sentenced to 8 years for assault

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Nov. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.
Updated Nov. 3, 2013 at 5:03 a.m.

A Victoria woman who stabbed her ex-husband was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday.

Jessica Orellana, 26, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The case against her co-defendant, Johnny Eugene Eakin, was dismissed Oct. 16 after Assistant District Attorney Eddie Wilkinson said he found evidence to show that Orellana was more culpable.

"Her own recorded statements were that she had stabbed (her ex-husband)," Wilkinson said.

In the recordings, she described where she stabbed him, which matched with the wounds on his body, and then she asked her ex-husband to lie to detectives, Wilkinson said.

Orellana was arrested April 18.

Orellana spoke with the Advocate on Wednesday before she was sentenced. She said she did not stab her ex-husband.

She pleaded guilty to the charge because her attorney suggested it. She said she was on medication and wanted to get past the trial, she said.

"Whenever we went over to Mitchell Street and as soon as me and Eakin got out of the vehicle, (my ex-husband) attacked Eakin," Orellana. "I don't know what happened between their scuffle."

She admitted to damaging her ex-husband's mother's car.

She and her ex-husband have had an abusive relationship for eight years, Orellana said.

Orellana's attorney, Chris Iles, could not be reached for comment.



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