Machete-wielding attacker sentenced to one year


A Westminster man who took several hacks at a roommate with a machete because he "couldn't take it any more" was sentenced yesterday to a year in the county jail.

Antonio Martinez Gonzalez, 58, of Hemlock Lane, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to maim in exchange for the sentence and the dropping of assault with intent to murder and other charges. Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold imposed a five-year state prison sentence and suspended all but one year. The judge also ordered Gonzalez to serve three years of probation when he is released.

According to court records, Gonzalez attacked Angel Amoros Castro, 34, while he slept on July 13. Mr. Castro and Gonzalez live in a boarding house on Hemlock Lane.

Mr. Castro told investigators that he went to bed about 9 p.m. and woke with Gonzalez standing over him, striking him with the machete. He said he got up and grabbed the weapon, which he threw from the building.

Mr. Castro was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released. State police said his left ear was partly severed, his left arm was cut to the bone, and he had cuts on his back and on fingers of on his left hand.

Gonzalez was found by a state trooper walking along Hemlock Lane with blood-covered clothes. He told police someone had been pulling practical jokes on him for the past month and that he had been told Mr. Castro was behind them.

Investigators said Gonzalez told them he had drunk five or six beers at a local bar, and when he went to brush his teeth before going to bed he discovered all of his belongings scattered on the floor.

They said he told them he reached under the sink for his machete and went after Mr. Castro.

"I just couldn't take it any more. I had been drinking, and I lost my head. I know I shouldn't have done it, but now it's too late," Gonzalez told investigators.

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