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DATE: June 22, 2015
CASE: Francois Givens
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Tate Davis, Domestic Violence Unit
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that the Honorable Ernest Sawtelle sentenced Francois Givens to 14 years in prison. On April 29, 2015, a jury convicted Givens of felony corporal injury on a former cohabitant with use of a deadly weapon and felony assault with a deadly weapon. Givens’ prior strike was also found true.
The victim and Givens dated. 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 stabbed her repeatedly with the screwdriver. The victim was stabbed 32 times in the face, behind her ears, stomach, arms and back. She was able to escape the apartment, partially clothed and bleeding from her wounds. The apartment manager called 911 when she heard the victim screaming for help.
Givens has prior convictions for felony corporal injury on 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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