A felon will spend close to six years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend's mother in the abdomen during an argument in a car last winter.
Jonathan Michael Fraioli, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault today in Jackson County Circuit Court. The crime carries a mandatory minimum 5 years, 10 months in prison, under Oregon's Measure 11 law.
On Dec. 28, Fraioli and his girlfriend had been fighting at their home when the couple and her mother decided to leave in a car. They were driving in the area of Table Rock and Airport roads in Medford when the argument flared up once again, according to prosecutor Allan Smith.
As the argument intensified, the victim said she had enough of Fraioli and ordered him to leave the car. She got out of the car and opened Fraioli's door and gave him a slap to the head, Smith said.
Fraioli then brandished what appeared to be a kitchen knife and stabbed the woman once in the abdomen, Smith said. Prosecutors didn't know why Fraioli had a kitchen knife in the car.
"It was a serious wound," Smith said. "It was one inch long and four inches deep. It's fortunate that it missed the vital organs."
The victim's fortune continued because an unmarked Medford police patrol car was cruising by the scene when the stabbing happened.
The sergeant saw the victim recoil after being stabbed and confronted Fraioli, holding him at gunpoint before placing him under arrest on assault and a failure to appear in court on a previous DUII citation.
A charge of first-degree assault was dropped as part of the plea deal with Fraioli's defense attorney.
The victim was rushed to the hospital for treatment and has made a full recovery from the stabbing, Smith said.
"It was very fortuitous that she did not suffer permanent damage from this," Smith said.
Fraioli's criminal history in Oregon includes felony convictions for first-degree theft, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and numerous arrests for probation violations.
"He is now going to prison and after that will be on post-prison supervision for three years," Smith said.
Fraioli also faces a burglary charge that is set for trial at some point in the next few weeks, Smith said.
— Chris Conrad
Correction: Fraioli's connection to the woman he stabbed has been updated throughout this story after police provided additional details.