Woman sentenced 6 years for stabbing her fiance in the heart

A woman who fatally stabbed her fiance in the heart was sentenced to six years in prison Monday.

Edy Portillo-Martinez, 28, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, as part of a plea agreement, for killing 32-year-old Pedro Sixto Esparragoza inside their apartment last year.

According to details of the plea agreement, Martinez killed her fiance during a heated argument about Esparragoza texting other women.

After stabbing Esparragoza, Martinez immediately called police. Upon their arrival, Martinez lied to police and said her fiance had an accident with a corkscrew. Eventually the truth came out, and Martinez admitted that she “impulsively” stabbed Esparragoza. The defendant also said her fiance “never put a hand on her or physically assaulted her in anyway.”

Martinez was initially charged with second-degree murder while armed. However, after accepting a plea agreement in November Martinez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter with a suggested sentencing of five to eight years in prison.

Judge Jose Lopez accepted the terms of the plea deal and sentenced Martinez to six years in prison.

Upon the end of her term, Martinez is expected to serve three years probation.


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