A woman who beat her abusive death to death has finished her 10-year sentence and has been released from prison.
Wendy Maldonado spent a decade in jail after being charged with manslaughter for killing her husband, Aaron. Her story received nationwide attention and was even made into an HBO documentary titled, “Every [Expletive] Day of My Life.”
The judge who sentenced her described her situation as “the worst case of domestic violence that any of us has seen.” Over the span of almost two decades, Wendy was frequently choked until she fell unconscious, suffered numerous broken bones, and lost many of her teeth.
“When Randy was like, a year and a half old, that’s when I found out [Aaron] was really crazy,” Wendy said, as displayed on her official website. “We were just laying in bed and he just told me how his fantasy was to be a killer.”
Randy, the couple's eldest son, told People Magazine, “I can’t ever remember a time when he wasn’t beating us.” Aaron threatened to kill Wendy and their children if she ever tried to leave him.
On May 2, 2005, with the assistance of then-16-year-old Randy, Wendy beat her husband to death with a hammer while he slept. Both pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
“I have no idea why I did it that night, because in my mind, I could have waited another 20 years or I could have done it 10 years ago, you know what I mean?” Wendy told an interviewer during the filming of her documentary.
Wendy was sentenced to 10 years in jail with no chance of parole and Randy received a prison sentence of six years. After Randy was released, he was not allowed to see his mother.
"In a lot of ways it's almost been easier for me than it has been for my brothers,” he explained. "It's like she doesn't exist. I miss her pretty badly."
More than $10,000 has been raised for Wendy through GoFundMe in order to help her secure a new home and get a fresh start.
“If I hadn't done this, I know we'd all be dead by now,” Wendy said.