SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A woman who slashed a man’s neck in an argument was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dena Marks was convicted by jury of attempted voluntary manslaughter aggravated mayhem, and assault with a deadly weapon for the December 2010 incidence.

Marks, who turns 40 on Saturday, and the victim were socializing at a friend’s apartment when they began insulting each other. Marks left the room, returned with a knife, and started attacking the victim.

She sliced the man across the neck and face, creating a wound that required about 30 stitches and 10 staples to close.

The man’s external jugular vein was also cut, leaving him disfigured.

Marks fled to her nearby apartment, where she tried to change her appearance by changing her clothes and removing her prosthetic leg.

The victim and his brothers ran to a nearby convenient store and called 911. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department responded and deputies quickly arrested Marks.


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