A 21-year-old Covina man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison for stabbing a woman during an altercation in downtown Huntington Beach two years ago.

Dominic Antonio Piraino pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon and admitted sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon, inflicting great bodily injury on the victim and attempted premeditated murder, according to court records.

Police were called about 10:30 p.m. on April 2, 2019, to Main Street and Walnut Avenue on a report of an argument that escalated into violence. Officers arrived to find the victim, in her 30s, with a knife in her abdomen, police said. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of what was described as a non-life-threatening wound, police said.

Multiple witnesses provided the license plate number of the car in which the suspect made his getaway, police said. Officers spotted the vehicle nearby and arrested Piraino, police said.

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