Stevens Point, WI − In a harrowing case that shocked the community, a 21-year-old Stevens Point man, Elier D. Bravo, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday for the vicious stabbing of a woman and her 7-year-old daughter in December. Portage County Circuit Judge Michael Zell handed down this sentence, also imposing 20 years of extended supervision to follow Bravo's prison term, in response to Bravo's guilty plea on two counts of attempted first-degree homicide, made back in April.
Judge Zell didn't mince words, describing the case as "one of the most horrific cases I've ever seen," and noting that it could have easily escalated to a homicide. The victim, who was 32 years old at the time of the attack, shared a statement through a friend in which she revealed that she had been stabbed a horrifying 32 times, while her young daughter suffered seven stab wounds. Both victims expressed remorse for not being able to protect each other during the horrifying ordeal.
The incident unfolded on December 20th at 1:48 a.m. when the 32-year-old woman reported to the authorities that her neighbor had entered her home and attacked her with a knife. When the police arrived at the scene, they discovered bloody footprints leading from the basement and found the woman in a basement bedroom, lying on her bed.
The woman recounted that she had been asleep when she suddenly awoke to find a man dressed in black standing in her bedroom. She questioned the intruder's presence, but if he responded, she couldn't comprehend his words. The assailant proceeded to stab her multiple times with a knife, and her 7-year-old daughter, who had awakened and sat up in bed, also fell victim to his brutal attacks. The mother urged her daughter to flee and valiantly fought off the attacker, even grabbing the blade of the knife with her hands in a desperate attempt to defend herself. The girl managed to escape from the room.
The horrifying confrontation continued, eventually spilling onto the floor. At some point, the attacker lost possession of the knife and fled the room. The woman discovered the knife on her floor, recognizing it as one of her own.
Initially, the police couldn't locate the young girl within the house but discovered a significant bloodstain on a neighbor's door. Following this lead, they found the girl covered in blood inside the neighbor's home.
In subsequent investigations, the woman revealed she had seen Bravo at her neighbor's home but didn't know his name. She had been experiencing unexplained intrusions into her home, with items being left behind and her belongings tampered with. In response, she had installed video camera doorbells at her front and rear doors. Detectives reviewed the footage from these cameras, which showed Bravo, dressed in black and covered in blood, leaving the home at roughly the same time as the woman's 911 call.