Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta man pleaded guilty to stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s personal trainer at least six times.
After Gabriel Emanuel Brazil, 30, and his girlfriend broke up, Mr. Brazil moved into a Bridge Mill Drive apartment above the woman. She soon hired a personal trainer, who worked with her at her apartment. But the personal trainer stopped training the woman after being confronted by Mr. Brazil and later finding his car had been keyed at the complex.
Several months later, around the holidays in December 2014, the woman reached out to the trainer, and he visited her apartment. Mr. Brazil was outside, and the two men argued. Mr. Brazil then ran up to his apartment while the trainer went into the woman’s apartment. But Mr. Brazil then entered the woman’s apartment with a knife and proceeded to stab the victim to the point that his intestines were visible and lacerating his heart, kidney and liver. Mr. Brazil returned to his own apartment, leaving a trail of blood.
Cobb Police were called and followed the blood trail to Mr. Brazil’s apartment, where they also found a tent of marijuana and a large amount of methamphetamines.
The victim, who was 29 at the time, told the court during Monday’s plea hearing that the attack was traumatic and devastating both emotionally and financially for him and his family. He spent a month and a half in the hospital and did not have insurance. He also showed the court the scars that forever mar his torso.
“This is essentially a domestic-violence case, because this defendant sought to maintain power and control over his former girlfriend,” said ADA Sherwin Figueroa, who prosecuted the case. “Although he had no violent history, his possessiveness and jealousy led him to stab and permanently scar an innocent person.”
After accepting Mr. Brazil’s guilty plea to charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and drug possession, Judge Henry Thompson sentenced him to 40 years, with 16 years to serve in custody and the rest on probation. The defendant was also ordered to pay $89,000 in restitution to the victim.
Marietta attorney David Marshall represented the defendant, who has been in custody since the attack.
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