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Man with history of domestic violence convicted in screwdriver attack

A man accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman with a screwdriver has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

Francois Givens, 61, on Tuesday was found guilty of felony corporal injury on a former cohabitant with use of a deadly weapon and felony assault with a deadly weapon, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. The jury also found that Givens had a prior strike under California’s Three Strikes Law.

The victim and Givens dated during 2013 and 2014. By June 2013, they had separated but continued to see one another, authorities said. On June 25, 2014, the two were at Givens’ apartment when Givens became angry. The victim saw that Givens had a screwdriver, and she grabbed the phone to call for help. Givens knocked the phone out of her hand, then stabbed her repeatedly with the screwdriver. Over the course of the assault, authorities said, Givens stabbed the woman 32 times, including in the face, behind her ears, and in her stomach, arms and back.

The woman was able to escape the apartment partially clothed and bleeding from several wounds. Givens followed her out of the apartment.

The apartment complex manager heard the woman screaming for help and called 911.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Givens had prior convictions for felony corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant with use of a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury and driving under the influence.

Givens it to be sentenced May 22 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.