Woman Sentenced for Attack on Medical Worker and Ex-Boyfriend

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — An Akron woman recently pleaded guilty to several felony charges, including attempted murder, that will have her spending the next 11-years in prison.

According to April Wiesner, Director of Communications with Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh’s office, Teri Garko, 37, of Akron, entered the guilty plea on June 18th.

In April 2011, Garko sought emergency medical treatment at Akron General Medical Center.

Police say she became upset because she felt it was taking too long to be examined. Garko attacked the psychiatric technician who was assigned to check her vital signs.

According to Wiesner, Garko punched and kneed the female victim numerous times in the face, chest and spine. Garko also slammed the woman’s head into the floor and ripped a patch of hair and scalp from the woman.

While out on bond for the hospital attack, Garko broke into the home of her ex-boyfriend and stabbed the man and his female friend as they slept. Both victims survived the attack.

Garko pleaded guilty to attempted murder, felonious assault and assault of an emergency medical worker.