A 24-year-old correctional officer pleaded guilty today to voluntary manslaughter in the Jan. 1 fatal stabbing of her husband, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Emma Beatriz Jaime, of Greenfield, admitted to killing her husband, 27-year-old Ramon Jaime, during a heated argument, the district attorney’s office said. Both had graduated from the California Department Correctional Office Academy and worked as Salinas Valley State Prison. The two had been married less than eight months when Emma Jaime killed Ramon with a single stab wound to the chest, the district attorney’s office said. Jaime called 911 and told the dispatcher she had hit her husband with a knife and he needed help. Ramon Jaime’s two children from a previous marriage, ages 2 and 4, witnessed the attack. Jaime told investigators she was not afraid of her husband but was angry with the way he spoke to her, the district attorney’s office said. She said she pulled a large knife from the drawer and asked him to kill her. Emma Jaime told investigators Ramon Jaime then tried to grab her arms, and the knife accidentally penetrated his chest. However, a Monterey County pathologist determined the act was likely intentional. The knife went five inches into Ramon Jaime’s chest cavity and penetrated the heart, meaning significant force was used. Emma Jaime is scheduled to be sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections on June 8, the district attorney’s office said.
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