A Palm Springs woman who tried to cut off her husband’s penis with heavy-duty scissors pleaded guilty Friday to a felony assault charge.
Virginia Valdez, 72, admitted one count of assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury, along with a sentence-enhancing allegation of domestic violence, for the Dec. 3, 2011, attack on her then-62-year-old husband at the couple’s home.
An additional charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse is expected to be dismissed at her Jan. 23 sentencing at the Palm Springs courthouse.
Under the plea deal, Valdez is scheduled to be sentenced to three years probation and 420 hours of community service. She could have faced up to nine years in prison had she gone to trial and been convicted of both felony charges, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Valdez and her husband were having oral sex when she announced that she had to brush her teeth, then “retrieved a pair of scissors and cut the victim’s penis.”
Her husband, identified as “John Doe” in the criminal complaint, “got up in a panic and screamed in pain,” Palm Springs police Detective Simon Min wrote.
The victim drove himself to Desert Regional Medical Center, where he told police that his wife had tried to cut off his penis, according to the affidavit.
Police did not indicate if the man suffered permanent damage, but the affidavit said he required “advanced medical (attention)” that included four stitches.
Valdez, who is free on a $100,000 bond, was previously barred by a judge from having any contact with her husband. The criminal protective order expires in 10 years, according to court records.