Man Charged with Attempted Murder for Repeatedly Stabbing Estranged Wife

According to Dwight D’Evelyn, media coordinator for the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office, forty-five-year-old (45) Oscar Miranda-Villalobos has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly pulling his estranged wife from a parked car and stabbing her multiple times.  On Saturday evening, Mr. Villalobos’ estranged wife was sitting in a parked car with her boyfriend when the accused pulled her from the vehicle and repeatedly stabbed her with a “carving-type knife” in the back, hands and torso.  Mr. Villalobos fled the scene after the boyfriend struck him in the head with a shovel. When Officers arrived at the scene, Mr. Villalobos’ wife was bleeding heavily but was in stable condition. Police located Mr. Villalobos a short time later, had him treated for a head wound and then booked him into the Camp Verde Detention Center with bail set at $750,000.  Mr. Villalobos’ son said his father was upset that his wife had left him and was in a relationship with someone else.  Mr. Villalobos’ son said his father was accused of threatening his mother prior to the attack.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1001, “A person commits attempt if, acting with the kind of culpability otherwise required for commission of an offense such person: Intentionally engages in conduct which would constitute an offense if the attendant circumstances were as such person believes them to be . . .  .” Under Arizona law, “attempt is a: (1) Class 2 Felony if the offense attempted is a Class 1 Felony; (2) Class 3 Felony if the offense attempted is a Class 2 Felony; (3) Class 4 Felony if the offense attempted is a Class 3 Felony . . . .”

Conviction of attempted murder may result in penalties such as seventy (70) months to 162 months in prison, fines and criminal record and will be based on the severity of the crime, the defendant’s prior history, premeditation, and the type of weapon used to commit the crime.

If you have been charged with attempted murder, contact the Phoenix criminal defense lawyers at Oracle Law Group for assistance with your criminal case.