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Sylmar screwdriver stabber could get life

A close up of a screwdriver
A close up of a screwdriver
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The judge put the screws to Francisco Solis Tuesday by sentencing him to 26 years to life plus 10 years in state prison after he stabbed his girlfriend last year with a screwdriver.

A jury convicted Solis, 52, in June of one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and burglary in connection with the July 2011 attack on the woman after breaking into her home in Sylmar, according to Deputy District Attorney Laura Knight Jackson.

The victim survived despite being stabbed multiple times with the screwdriver.

Solis was previously convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 1985, two counts of burglary in 1995 and possession of a controlled substance in 1998, yet turned himself into police after he successfully evaded a manhunt just 12 hours after the screwdriver stabbing, according to the Daily News.