The man accused of stabbing his girlfriend and punching her child during May’s Iris Festival parade will spend almost six years in prison.

Mario A. Gutierrez, 21, pleaded guilty last week to assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges stemming from the fight, which spilled over into the parade route along River Road. Witnesses told police Gutierrez approached the woman from behind, stabbing her with a small pocket knife in the arm and hand. He punched her two-year-old child in the process, police said.

“It’s a concern when domestic violence goes out into the open; it’s one of the factors you look at for lethality risks,” said Jean Kunkle, a Marion County deputy district attorney.

Police said the assault stemmed from an incident earlier that day.
Gutierrez was sentenced Wednesday, July 13, to 70 months behind bars after pleading guilty to assault II, assault III and unlawful use of a weapon. He received 18 months on the assault III charge and 14 months on the weapons count; however, sentences will be served concurrently. He won’t be eligible for early release because assault II is a Measure 11 crime, Kunkle said.

Kunkle said the sentences could have been consecutive had Gutierrez chosen to fight the charges.