Man who stabbed and set fire to woman in National City motel room sentenced to 18 years in prison


A judge on Tuesday sentenced a man to more than 18 years in state prison for repeatedly stabbing a woman with a pair of scissors and setting her on fire in a National City motel room.

Jeremiah Dayvon King, 29, previously pleaded guilty to attempted murder, arson and pimping for the December 13, 2020 attack at the Rodeway Inn on Roosevelt Avenue.

Around 3 a.m. that day, officers arrived on the scene and found that other motel guests had extinguished the fire and pulled the housekeeper, according to National City Police Captain Alex Hernández. The victim was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, including stab wounds and burns.

Prosecutors alleged that King was the victim’s pimp, although the motive for the attack was not revealed.

During King’s sentencing hearing Tuesday in Chula Vista Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Jalyn Wang read a victim impact statement, in which she said she was satisfied with the agreed sentence. 18 years and four months and forgave King because “she has to forgive him to move on.

King, who was described at the time of the crime as a resident of Texas, was arrested four days later in Chula Vista. Police spotted him walking around 12:45 a.m. and captured him after he initially fled from officers, Hernandez said.


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