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San Pedro woman who stabbed daughter gets 12 years for manslaughter

September 12, 2011 |  3:08 pm

A woman accused of stabbing her 10-year-old daughter to death before attempting to kill herself, pleaded no contest Monday to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death last year at Fort MacArthur military facility in San Pedro.

Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles Sheldon sentenced Bong Sook Chavez, 51, to 12 years in state prison for the July 9, 2010, attack on her daughter, Quesi. Chavez entered the plea after prosecutors agreed to dismiss murder charges.

Chavez, the wife of a retired Navy reservist, stabbed her daughter in the neck about 2:30 a.m. as they lay in bed and then stabbed herself in the neck. Both were taken to a hospital, but the girl died several hours later.

The incident unfolded at Fort MacArthur, an administrative center and residential community for the U.S. Air Force Space Division.

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