Portland woman gets five years in prison for Newington assault case involving minor victim

Published on Monday, 22 November 2021 16:30


NEWINGTON – A Portland woman has been sentenced to five years in prison in connection with a case in which a female juvenile was struck with a hammer.

Cristina Moreno, 26, faced sentencing last week in New Britain Superior Court.

The sentence that was imposed will send her to prison for five years, which will be followed by another five years of probation. While on probation, Moreno will be exposed to as many as 10 more years behind bars if she were to violate any conditions imposed on her.

The multi-year sentence comes after Moreno in September accepted the terms of a plea deal, pleading guilty to one felony count of first-degree assault.

Prior to taking the plea deal, the 26-year-old had previously indicated she wanted a jury trial. Judicial records said her case was added to the trial list before she ultimately chose to accept a plea bargain instead.

According to court documents, the victim was walking on Bonair Avenue on Aug. 13, 2019, when Moreno and others in a vehicle approached her. Police allege Moreno then struck the juvenile in the face with a hammer following an argument.

The vehicle and its occupants then took off.

The victim was transported to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, where she received six stitches for what doctors said were deep cuts, according to court documents. The stitches were later removed and the scar left on her face has been considered to be a permanent disfigurement, court papers continued.

During the investigation, police were able to track down the car that was used in the attack. Inside, they reported finding a Maddox 11 ounce hammer, which had a squared edge and a flat round face on the other side, typical of an auto body repair hammer, court papers said. Police found small specks of blood on the instrument and inside the door pocket where the hammer was found, court documents indicated.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Monday, 22 November 2021 16:30. Updated: Monday, 22 November 2021 16:33.