Cristhian Ramos-Murillo was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to attacking his girlfriend with a machete outside of his Coral Springs' apartment last year.
The victim, 42-year-old Jacqueline Yulfo, was very emotional in a Broward courtroom Friday as her former lover changed his plea to guilty to avoid a possible life sentence for attempted murder.
After nearly a year, the woman still had one question: "Why did you do it?"
Ramos-Murillo, 21, apologized for the attack, in which he chopped off four of the woman's fingers and left her hospitalized for weeks.
On June 11, 2009, Ramos-Murillo and Yulfo got into a heated argument that eventually escalated into a fight. Ramos-Murillo then chased Yulfo with a machete, stabbing her several times and chopping off fingers as Yulfo tried to shield her face from the hacking blows.
Yulfo worked parttime at the Coral Springs Fire Department at the time of the incident.