From the Daily News:
State Sen. Hiram Monserrate has refused to cop a plea to charges of slashing his girlfriend with a broken glass - and will take his chances in court Monday.
Sources close to the case say Monserrate rejected an offer from Queens prosecutors to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of reckless assault.
Had he accepted that offer, Monserrate would be able to keep his Senate seat and avoid serious jail time.
If a jury finds him guilty on any of three counts of felony assault, the freshman senator and former cop faces seven years in prison and would automatically lose his seat.
UPDATE: He's opted for a bench trial!