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Man who fatally stabbed ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend sentenced

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Christopher James Selena Christopher James Selena

VISTA (CNS) - An ex-con who broke into his ex-girlfriend's Escondido townhome and fatally stabbed her new boyfriend was sentenced Thursday to 17 years to life in state prison.

Christopher James Selena, 43, was convicted in October of second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Fernando Arellano.

The defendant and his ex-girlfriend had dated on and off for five years and have two children, prosecutor Natalie Villaflor said.

Villaflor said Selena had a history of domestic violence against the woman. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence in January 2012 and was sentenced to jail.

Selena was released in early April 2012 and broke into his ex-girlfriend's home sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. on May 5, 2012, violating a restraining order, according to the prosecutor.

The woman ran to a friend's house after waking up to find Selena standing near the bloody, unconscious victim. Arellano died at the scene.

Selena fled but was arrested the following day at work.

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