A Tulare man was sentenced Wednesday to 38 years to life in prison for stabbing a woman in 2014.
Donald Jones, 50, was reported arguing with another person in front of the victim’s house on May 24, 2014, said Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward.
The woman told Jones to leave the person alone. Jones punched the woman in the face and stabbed her one time in the stomach, Ward said. Jones fled the scene and was later found by police hiding on a roof.
The knife was found behind a nearby house with Jones’ fingerprints on the handle and the victim’s blood on the blade, Ward said.
Jones has an extensive criminal record and had served two prison sentences. In 1999, Jones was sentenced to 76 years to life for possession of stolen property under the Three Strikes Law. He had previously been convicted of two separate robberies, which qualified as strikes, Ward said.
On March 12, 2013, after the Three Strikes Reform Act was passed, Jones’ sentence was modified to nine years and eight months in prison, which he had already served. Jones was released at that time, Ward said.