Woman admits she attacked ex-husband’s wife with a hammer while robbing their home

A Maryland woman admitted in court on Monday to attacking her former husband’s new wife with a hammer during a 2012 burglary attempt.

NJ.com reports that Marie Stuart pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder after a November 16, 2012, incident, in which she broke into her ex-husband’s Mantua Township home through a sliding glass door. Stuart’s ex-husband lived in the home with his new wife. Stuart encountered the woman and hit her with a hammer, dislocating the victim’s shoulder.

According to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Stuart carried out the attack on the woman in the master bedroom of the home. The ex-husband, also in the home at the time of the burglary, dialed 911. At around 1 a.m., police arrived to the residence and arrested Stuart.

Stuart was initially scheduled to go to trial this week, Patch reports. She changed her mind and instead decided to plead guilty despite no sentencing recommendation from the prosecution.

A first-degree attempted murder sentence in Maryland carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Kevin T. Smith scheduled Stuart’s sentencing hearing for January 12, 2018.

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