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Man sentenced to 16 years in knife attack on ex-girlfriend

A man was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in state prison after a stabbing attack on his estranged girlfriend last June.

Marco Barrera was convicted of attempted murder and felony domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and carjacking by a Sacramento Superior Court jury in early December. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White sentenced Barrera to 16 years, 8 months on the charges along with special allegations of causing great bodily injury and using a knife in committing the crime.

Sacramento County prosecutors say a meeting between Barrera, 37, and his estranged partner turned violent June 8, 2015, when she declined to reconcile.

Barrera brandished a knife, stabbing the woman numerous times – including in the chest, stomach and back – before fleeing, according to district attorney’s officials.

Barrera returned to the scene hours later to find his sister inside a car parked outside.

Prosecutors say Barrera got inside and ordered her to drive. Prosecutors say Barrera then threatened his sister when she refused. The sister eventually left the car and Barrera drove away in the vehicle. Authorities arrested Barrera the next morning.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith