FAIRFIELD — A 38-year-old Fairfield man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty Friday of seven felonies relating to the March 2012 machete attack on his ex-wife.
It took a jury about five hours to find Gustavo A. Ibarra guilty of first-degree attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, false imprisonment, burglary, domestic violence and making criminal threats.
The verdicts came after a two-week trial.
Ibarra’s ex-wife filed for divorce in July 2011. Eight months later he showed unexpectedly at her Peach Tree Drive home. She greeted him at the front door and he took a machete with a 2-foot-long blade and swung it at her head, seriously injuring her. She also suffered stab wounds to her back and a hand before family members tackled Ibarra and subdued him until police arrived.
At the time of the attack, he had an outstanding arrest warrant for previously violating a restraining order his ex-wife had obtained.
Judge Wendy G. Getty ordered Ibarra back to court for sentencing May 23.
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