SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 57-year-old woman who admitted fatally stabbing a man who threw a soft drink bottle at her during a Memorial Day gathering was sentenced Monday to one year in county jail and three years probation.
Annie Mae Jones pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Columbus Livingston on La Paz Drive in Valencia Park, in what Judge Charles Gill called "an unusual case."
The judge said a psychological report showed the Jones had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after suffering from, and witnessing, domestic violence in the past -- a mitigating factor that made the sentence appropriate, he said.
San Diego police homicide Detective Brett Burkett testified at a previous hearing that Jones told him that she became angry with the victim while preparing food for seven people.
Burkett said Jones told him that Livingston asked for a second plate of food before everyone had been served, making her upset.
Jones said Livingston called her a "bitch" and the two argued in the living room before he threw a nearly full two-liter soda bottle at her, knocking out a tooth, Burkett testified.
The defendant told the detective that she retrieved a knife out of the kitchen sink, returned to the living room and "stuck" Livingston.
Jones said she charged at Livingston as he threw things at her, and stabbed him as another man tried to get between them, Burkett testified.
Livingston, who was stabbed in the leg, died at a hospital, said Deputy District Attorney John Pro.
The defendant lived in the home and the victim resided in a camper parked in front of the residence, according to court testimony.
The victim's age was listed as 69 years old, but he was really 73, said Iris Barnes, who said she was his second cousin.
"He's an old man; she didn't have to do all that," Barnes said.
The defendant made a brief statement in which she apologized to Livingston's family.
"I didn't mean to do what I did," Jones said.
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