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By ELIZABETH EVANS The York Dispatch

A Penn Township woman who wielded a machete during an argument with her husband has avoided prison.

Crystal L. Vizcaino, 24, of West Granger Street, pleaded guilty in York County Court Tuesday to simple assault. In exchange for her plea, charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment were dropped, according to court records.

Vizcaino was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, as well as take anger-management classes, records state.  She and husband Joseph Vizcaino got into an argument that turned physical about 10 p.m. Oct. 16, and he left the home to defuse the situation, Penn Township Police said.

But the argument resumed after he returned, so Joseph Vizcaino locked himself in their bedroom, police said.

Crystal Vizcaino slashed at the bedroom door with an 18-inch machete, eventually pushing the machete completely through the door, police said. Joseph Vizcaino was standing behind the door, but wasn’t hurt, police said.

No intent: Lancaster-based defense attorney Justin Gearty said his client never intended to use the machete against her husband, Joseph Vizcaino

She wasn’t trying to harm him,” Gearty said. “Her cell phone, keys and purse were in the locked room,” and she was trying to get at them, he said.

“The two of them had been drinking for the majority of the day,” the attorney said. “He admitted to her that he was cheating.”

Joseph Vizcaino accompanied his wife to Tuesday’s guilty-plea hearing, according to Gearty.

Reunited: “They are actually back together,” Gearty said. “At her preliminary hearing, he did say he wasn’t interested in the charges going forward.”

Crystal Vizcaino had been facing up to 20 years in prison on the aggravated assault charge that was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

“I think it was a fair outcome,” Gearty said. “She’s not a hardened criminal, and there was no intent to harm him. This is someone who’s never been in trouble in her life. I’m happy the district attorney’s office was willing to work with us.”

Chief deputy prosecutor Jennifer Russell was out of the office Tuesday afternoon and could not be
reached for comment.

— Reach Elizabeth Evans at, 505-5429 or twitter.