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Woman sentenced in Schenectady slashing

Woman sentenced in Schenectady slashing

A New York City woman was sentenced this morning to state prison after she admitted to slashing anot

A New York City woman was sentenced Wednesday morning to state prison for slashing another woman in the face and upper body last summer in Schenectady.

Alisha Baskerville, 19, had pleaded guilty previously to one count of second-degree assault in the attack. She also pleaded guilty to one of the six counts of first-degree perjury facing her, admitting she lied to the grand jury investigating the case.

As part of her plea deal, she was sentenced to a total of 21⁄2 years in state prison.

Baskerville declined to give a statement in court Wednesday. Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago noted she expressed remorse in a presentence report.

“I know you’re remorseful and I recognize it, but your actions were so violent,” she told Baskerville.

The judge noted that the victim’s wounds needed dozens of stitches to close and that she will likely need more plastic surgery.

“There isn’t much more that this court can add other than this type of behavior won’t be tolerated,” Drago said.

She also ordered Baskerville to pay more than $18,000 in restitution to the state Office of Victim Services, which paid the woman’s medical bills.

Baskerville was arrested Aug. 27 and originally indicted on one count each of first-degree attempted assault and second-degree assault for slashing the victim July 19 in the area of Becker Street, authorities have said.

The motive for the attack wasn’t clear. Prosecutors have said the two knew each other and at one time had been friends.

She was accused of lying about several aspects of the case, including who was present at the time, falsely telling the grand jury that the victim had a knife and that she took it from her, lying about how the incident started and lying about how many times she cut the victim. Baskerville testified it was just once, according to the indictment.

Baskerville received 2 1⁄2 years in prison for the assault and one year for the perjury plea. The sentences are to run at the same time.

She was represented in court Wednesday by attorney Sam Iroegbu. In court for the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office was prosecutor Ed Moynihan.

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