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A woman who fatally stabbed a 54-year-old man during a drunken argument in Perris, and whose younger sister tried to help her get away, is slated to be sentenced next week, alongside her sibling.

Jessica Taylor Bratschi, 25, and Erica Nicole Bratschi, 20, both of Perris, pleaded guilty last week to felony charges for their respective roles in the death of Samuel Coronado of Moreno Valley.

Jessica Bratschi admitted a charge of voluntary manslaughter, and in exchange, prosecutors dropped a murder count as part of a plea agreement. Her sister pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. There were no additional charges filed against her.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane is expected to certify the terms of the women’s plea deals and impose a three-year state prison term on Jessica Bratschi, while her sister is expected to receive 36 months of felony probation.

Erica Bratschi is free on her own recognizance, while her older sister is being held on $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

The pair were arrested in March following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the attack.

According to sheriff’s investigators and prosecutors, at about 12:15 a.m. on March 24, Jessica Bratschi was involved in an alcohol-fueled dispute with Coronado in the 400 block of Wilkerson Avenue, near East Fourth Street, where they had been partying.

During the encounter, Bratschi pulled a knife and stabbed the victim, according to the prosecution.

Deputies and paramedics were called to the location and found Coronado unconscious, suffering grave wounds, sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll said. Rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later.

Carroll said Central Homicide detectives tracked the defendants down that same day on North Perris Boulevard and took them into custody without incident.

Court records show Jessica Bratschi has several unresolved misdemeanor drug-related cases pending in Superior Court, but no felony convictions. Her sister has no documented misdemeanor of felony convictions in Riverside County.

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