April 16, 2024
The crime scene in Otay Mesa in 2021. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A lady who fatally stabbed her boyfriend at their Otay Mesa dwelling was sentenced Wednesday to 4 years in state jail.

Amanda Smith Rosales, 48, pleaded responsible to voluntary manslaughter in reference to the July 8, 2021, stabbing loss of life of David Earl Jones, 38.

San Diego police mentioned Rosales initially reported waking as much as discover Jones wounded within the dwelling’s entryway. Officers and fireplace personnel responded to the residence on Caminito Quixote at round 3:30 a.m., however Jones died on the scene.

Rosales was arrested about two months later and was initially charged with homicide, which might have led to a 26-year-to-life jail time period if convicted of all counts and allegations.

Protection legal professional Alonso Zavala-Soto mentioned Wednesday that his shopper was a sufferer of quite a few acts of home violence by the hands of Jones and had suffered from domestic-violence-related trauma involving previous companions.

Rosales apologized in courtroom, saying she “made a foul resolution and acted out of worry,” however added that she had beforehand sought assist and safety from the police and the courts with out success.

Deputy District Legal professional Abigail Dillon, who known as Rosales’ case “extraordinarily unhappy,” mentioned her historical past as a home violence sufferer was a think about reaching the plea deal for voluntary manslaughter.

Nevertheless, she argued that the circumstances of the killing warranted a six-year jail time period, the utmost time period that Superior Court docket Decide Michael Popkins indicated he may impose.

The prosecutor mentioned Jones had no defensive wounds and the 2 stab wounds he sustained have been “clear,” which means he was probably not shifting on the time they have been made. She additionally described Rosales and Jones’ relationship as “unstable,” and that each had been arrested on totally different events for alleged home violence towards each other, together with one arrest in 2021 the place Rosales allegedly slashed Jones within the face with a knife.

Popkins mentioned if he was trying on the particular info of the killing on their very own, he would probably impose the utmost six-year sentence. Nevertheless, the decide mentioned he couldn’t ignore different components within the case, such because the violence perpetrated towards Rosales throughout her relationship with Jones.

Whereas Popkins mentioned the stabbing didn’t represent authorized self-defense, he mentioned, “based mostly on the sufferer’s earlier assaults on her, someplace in her thoughts, she perceived this as self-defense.”

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.