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Man accused of stabbing girlfriend more than 20 times convicted of attempted murder

A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend more than 20 times has been convicted of attempted murder and domestic violence assaults.

A jury on Wednesday found Arthur Taylor, 62, guilty of attempted murder with use of a knife causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, domestic violence with personal use of a deadly weapon and domestic violence with use of a knife causing great bodily injury, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

The initial incident occurred June 22, 2014, when Taylor became angry with the victim after she told him she wanted to end their relationship. Taylor took the victim’s wallet, and after she struggled to get it back, Taylor grabbed a crowbar from his car and hit the victim over the head, cutting the back of her head, the release said.

The District Attorney’s Office issued two warrants for Taylor’s arrest, and on Oct. 11, 2014, another incident occurred. Taylor accused the victim of cheating on him, and she again told Taylor she wanted to end their relationship. This time, Taylor grabbed a knife and stabbed the woman more than 20 times all over her body, according to the release. The victim begged for her life and eventually played dead.

A neighbor heard the woman’s screams and called 911, but Taylor left before police arrived.

Family members reported that Taylor was staying in Riverside County. Riverside County deputies found him at a residence, and their efforts to get him to come out led to a 10-hour standoff with SWAT officers. The officers eventually used tear gas to get him out of the house, the news release said.

Taylor has three prior strike convictions under California’s “three strikes” law, according to the District Attorney’s Office. In 1981, he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing his brother to death. In 1989, he was convicted of battery with serious bodily injury, and in 1992, he was convicted of domestic violence with great bodily injury for stabbing his ex-wife.

Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced March 2 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy