Woman Pleads Guilty After Pouring Hot Oil on Boyfriend

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    Julia Rivera pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and admitted to burning her boyfriend with cooking oil. The victim is in critical condition with burns on 70 percent of his body.

    A 47-year-old woman has pleaded guilty first-degree assault after pouring hot cooking oil on her boyfriend in September, according to the Hartford Superior Court.

    Julia Rivera called police Sept. 6 and said she had burned her boyfriend to death. The victim did not die but suffered second-degree burns over 70 percent of his body. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he remained until November, according to a state prosecutor.

    “Arrest me,” Rivera told the officers who showed up at her home. “I did it. I burned him alive.”

    The victim ran from the apartment at 116 South Street and officers found him down the street, police said.

    Rivera was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct following the incident.

    Mutual protective orders are in effect, according to Hartford Superior Court.

    Rivera will be sentenced March 20.