Man sentenced for stabbing wife in shopping center parking lot

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EL CAJON, Calif. — A man who stabbed his estranged wife during an argument in the parking lot of a Santee shopping center last year was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in state prison.

Travis Sterling Haddix, 27, pleaded guilty in July to attempted murder.

Sheriff’s officials said Haddix began stabbing his 25-year-old spouse shortly after 2 p.m. last Nov. 20 while they were discussing their separation and child custody issues outside of an Olive Garden restaurant at Santee Trolley Square. By the time sheriff’s deputies arrived, Haddix was gone.

Paramedics took the victim to the hospital for treatment of wounds to her neck, upper body and one of her hands.

A short time later, San Diego police received a call from a College-area resident who said his roommate apparently had been involved in a stabbing. Officers went to the man’s home and arrested Haddix.

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