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Man draws 14-year prison sentence for attacking woman with screwdriver

A man convicted of stabbing a woman with a screwdriver in a case of domestic violence has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

A jury in April found Francois Givens, 61, guilty of felony corporal injury to a former cohabitant with use of a deadly weapon and felony assault with a deadly weapon. The jury also found that he had a prior strike under California’s Three Strikes law, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

The victim and Givens dated, and on June 25, 2014, the two were at Givens’ apartment. Givens became angry; and when the victim saw he had a screwdriver, she grabbed the phone to call for help. Givens knocked the phone out of her hand and repeatedly stabbed her with the screwdriver, authorities said.

The victim was stabbed 32 times in the face, behind her ears and in the stomach, arms and back. She was able to escape from the apartment, and the apartment manager called 911 when he heard her screaming for help.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Givens has 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.

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