Woman Sentenced to Two Years in Prison After Threatening Child with a Meat Cleaver

Eliza Lazarra Ford.

ROSENBERG (Covering Fort Bend News) – A 51-year-old Rosenberg woman has been found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after threatening a child with a meat cleaver in 2017.

Eliza Lazarra Ford was convicted by a jury June 7 before being sentenced to a two-year prison term in an agreement with prosecutors. 

 According to lead prosecutor Ashley Earl, Ford was present at the victim’s home on Feb. 25, 2017 in violation of a family court order.  Jurors heard a recording of the 911 call in which the juvenile complainant reported that the defendant threatened her with a knife during an argument.  The Rosenberg Police Department responded to the call and Officer Timothy Anderson was the lead officer on the scene.  The defendant’s husband testified he witnessed the assault and led officers to a meat cleaver that was used to commit the crime.

 Assistant District Attorney Earl commented that the quick action of the juvenile in calling 911 for assistance may have prevented the serious injury of others in the home. 

“A line was crossed that night – the danger was recognized not only by the juvenile witness, but also the Rosenberg Police Department who responded so promptly to the report of violence in the home,” said Earl.

 Ford was tried in the 268th District Court before Presiding Judge Brady G. Elliott.  Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by 2 – 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  The defendant was eligible for probation.

 Assistant District Attorneys Ashley Earl and Terese Buess prosecuted the case.  Attorney Eric Ashford represented the defendant.