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Four-year state prison sentence for woman in boyfriend's stabbing death

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A homeless woman who fatally stabbed her longtime boyfriend during an argument near the San Diego River in Grantville was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison.

Jayne Colantonio, 47, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the March 18 death of 41-year-old James Zawislak.

Deputy District Attorney Lindsey Carinci said the couple was involved in a "mutually abusive relationship," but on the day of the killing, Colantonio went far beyond their usual punching and kicking and stabbed the victim in the chest.

Carinci said drinking played a major role in the stabbing, and Colantonio went to great lengths to cover up the killing.

The defendant initially lied about her involvement in the death, but later confessed to stabbing the victim near the Friars Road bridge, the prosecutor said.

Defense attorney Amy McDonald, arguing for probation, countered that Colantonio was defending herself from the victim. She had been using the knife to make bacon for Zawislak's breakfast, McDonald told Judge Timothy Walsh.

Colantonio and Zawislak had moved to San Diego from Florida about five years ago and both were homeless, according to the prosecution.

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