Los Altos resident Laura Jean Wenke received an 11 years to life sentence July 31 for the attempted murder of her estranged husband in 2011. She was also ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Town Crier that he was “quite pleased” with the sentence.
A jury found Wenke, dubbed the “Bubble Wrap” suspect, guilty in June of using a stun gun on her estranged husband before stabbing him several times at his workplace in Redwood City. Wenke was covered in Bubble Wrap and dressed in a mechanic’s suit at the time of the attack. The couple was in the midst of a divorce at the time.
The jury convicted her of premeditated attempted murder, domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a stun gun. The jury rejected a separate insanity plea.
Wenke will be eligible for parole after serving approximately nine years of her sentence.
Aug. 1, 7:10 p.m. and 7:31 p.m., 300 block of Second Street: Police detained a female in her 50s after reports that she was walking in the middle of the road at Second and Whitney streets shouting expletives.
Police contacted the woman, detained her and transferred her to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.
– Diego Abeloos
July 31, 12:29 p.m., North San Antonio Road and El Camino Real: A female reported to police that she was punched in the arm during an argument with a male suspect earlier that day. The woman complained of pain in her shoulder as a result of the incident.
Aug. 1, 4:12 p.m., 900 block of North San Antonio Road: A female resident contacted police after she discovered an undisclosed amount of cash missing from her home. The woman told police that she suspected an employee of a contractor she recently hired to do repairs to her home.
– Diego Abeloos