A Camas woman who repeatedly slashed her live-in boyfriend with a samurai sword because she believed he had been unfaithful was sentenced Monday to 19 years in prison.
Emily Javier, 31, had faced up to 20 years behind bars when she pleaded guilty in January to attempted first-degree domestic violence murder in Clark County Superior Court. Javier had no prior criminal history, The Columbian reported.
The grisly attack drew national and international headlines last year, both because of Javier’s choice of weapon as well as her boyfriend’s easygoing attitude about the whole episode.
“I saw the look in her eyes, and it scared the living poop out of me,” an upbeat Alex Lovell, then 29, told The Oregonian/OregonLive from his hospital bed. “I was just so proud for beating this samurai wannabe crazy lady with hate in her heart.”
Boyfriend who survived samurai sword attack: ‘It scared the living poop out of me’
“I was just so proud for beating this samurai wannabe crazy lady with hate in her heart,” Alex Lovell told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Emily Javier, his girlfriend, faces attempted murder charges.
Javier told police she had hatched the brutal assault on Lovell because she discovered he had a Tinder dating app on his phone and suspected he had been cheating on her, records show.
She also fumed over his penchant for playing video games, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Enraged, Javier said she went to a shopping mall and purchased a samurai sword.
She said she then spent the next week stewing and plotting her revenge before whipping out the saber and repeatedly slashing Lovell in bed during the wee hours of March 3, 2018.
Afterward, a grief- and horror-stricken Javier called 911.
“I just stabbed my boyfriend,” she told an emergency dispatcher just seconds after the attack. “I think he’s dead. You need to hurry.”
Officers later entered the bedroom of the couple’s Northeast Garfield Avenue home and found the walls splattered with blood and Lovell curled up in ball, a police report showed.
Lovell, who admitted to playing video games 12 hours a day but insisted he was never unfaithful, suffered life-threatening injuries, including wounds to his torso, neck and the left side of his head.
His index, middle and ring fingers were nearly lopped off at the base, though doctors managed to reattach them, he said.
Though facing months of recovery, Lovell remained positive.
“I was able to wing chun my way to survival,” he said, referring to a traditional Chinese martial art that focuses on close-range combat.
“I’ve been preparing my whole life for something like this.”