Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ex-wife of former Marine sentenced to 11 years in prison for stabbing him

VISTA, Calif. -- A woman who stabbed her Marine ex-husband in the back with a large military-style knife as he arrived home was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in state prison. Leslie Nichole Hawkins, 30, pleaded guilty Feb. 17 to attempted murder causing great bodily injury.

The defendant went to the Carlsbad home of 28-year-old Alfred Hawkins on June 18, 2008 -- two days before the attack -- and the two argued about money she owed him, but he didn't let her into his residence that day.

Two days later, Hawkins had just walked in the door of his home on Peach Tree Road about 12:15 p.m. when his ex-wife jumped him and plunged the knife into his back, according to testimony.

The Marine staggered outside, crossed the street and collapsed on the roadside. Patrol officers sent to the scene found him conscious, the knife still protruding from his back, being tended by a nurse who lived in the area, prosecutors said.

Following the attack, Leslie Hawkins drove off, then made a U-turn a short distance away and began heading back toward the scene of the stabbing and was pulled over and arrested, police said.

The couple's divorce was final in April 2007. They had no children together.

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