SANTA CRUZ

Man sentenced in 2010 stabbing

A Watsonville man was sentenced Monday to four years, eight months in prison for a 2010 stabbing.

Ricardo Jimenez Rodriguez pleaded no contest in November to gang participation and assault with a deadly weapon. He was arrested Oct. 29, 2010, after he and another man allegedly stabbed a man more than 10 times a few days earlier. The attack occurred on Quinn Avenue, off Green Valley Road near Freedom Boulevard.

Rodriguez was arrested after the Watsonville Police Department's Robbery and Assault Team searched his Rodriguez Street home. Rodriguez, who was out of custody, was remanded to Santa Cruz County Jail on Monday, where he will be held until he is transported to the California Department of Corrections.

A third charge of attempted murder was dismissed under the terms of a plea agreement, along with special allegations. Judge Paul Burdick also ordered Rodriguez to pay fees and fines that include restitution to the stabbing victim.

SANTA CRUZ

Teen who sliced other girl with box cutter placed on probation

A 19-year-old Aptos High graduate was placed on probation for three years Friday for slicing a younger teen with a box cutter after a party in the Seascape area last year.

Bailey Agnello, a former honor student and standout volleyball player, pleaded no contest to a felony assault charge in October after Judge Paul Burdick indicated he would sentence her to no more than 180 days in County Jail.

Friday, Burdick imposed a one-year suspended jail sentence and told Agnello she would serve that time if she violates probation, prosecutor Rebekah Young said. Burdick also ordered Agnello to complete 500 community service hours.

Agnello was arrested after she and a 17-year-old fought with a 15-year-old early on Feb. 18, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies said. The victim's injury required 11 stitches, and she will need scar revision surgery, Young said. Agnello was ordered Friday to pay restitution to cover the victim's medical expenses.

The victim's mom stated in an email that Agnello apologized to her daughter Friday and seemed sincere. She said she thought the sentence was appropriate. But Agnello's friend, who was prosecuted as a juvenile, had bullied her daughter for months and received "no consequences," she said.

The victim and her mom spoke at the sentencing hearing. Agnello's attorney, Paul Meltzer, said earlier that Angello entered a rehabilitation program in Southern California after her arrest.