SAN BRUNO, Calif. Dec 9, 2005 — A woman who used a butcher knife to beat a Jehovah’s Witness who knocked on her door on Christmas Day was sentenced to three months in jail.
Cathy Infusino, 52, was also ordered Thursday to spend three months in a work program and serve three years of probation. She pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon.
Infusino was paranoid and was being harassed by neighbors at the time of the attack, said her lawyer LeRue Grim.
“She wasn’t mentally well enough to understand the situation,” Grim said. “She thought someone was trying to harm her or hurt her.”
The Jehovah’s Witness had shown up at Infusino’s apartment by mistake and was looking for a neighbor who was interested in the religion. She apologized for the error and tried to leave, but Infusino grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into the apartment.
Grim said Infusino is taking medication now and seeing a psychiatrist regularly.
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