An Acworth man indicted last month in the December 2012 murder of his ex-wife at her East Cobb home was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for violating the terms of his probation in a prior aggravated stalking case.
Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Adele Grubbs, who sentenced John Steven Kristofak to probation in October after he pleaded guilty in the earlier aggravated stalking and family violence simple battery case involving Donna Kristofak, revoked that probation today, according to the Marietta Daily Journal and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A Cobb County Grand Jury on Feb. 28 indicted John Steven Kristofak on murder and other charges.
Donna Kristofak, 48, was found unresponsive when police arrived at her home on Tall Pine Drive near Walton High School around noon Dec. 22, 2012. She later died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
A murder warrant obtained by East Cobb Patch said she was stabbed once in the upper torso during a confrontation in the garage.
A few days later, Kristofak was arrested Dec. 27, 2012, at a motel in Union City. He has been in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center ever since.
The District Attorney’s Office said earlier this month that it believed that Kristofak killed his former wife. He was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary, aggravated stalking and two firearms-possession charges.
After today's hearing, Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said that he will not seek the death penalty against Kristofak, according to the AJC. Instead, he will seek a sentence of life in prison without the possiblity of parole.