Another one bites the dust…….
ROBYN KATHLEEN GEVAS FACES UP TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON
Robyn Kathleen Gevas, 38, pleaded no contest on Jan. 21 to voluntary manslaughter and admitted using a knife to kill Callie Joshua Evans Jr., 62.
A no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea at sentencing. In exchange for her plea, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office dropped a murder charge.Gevas, who has been in custody at the Napa County jail since July 2012, is scheduled to be sentenced March 19 in Napa County Superior Court.
Deputy District Attorney Michelle Rollins said her office had talked in advance with the victim’s family about the terms of the negotiated plea.
“This plea was discussed in advance with the victim’s family who were in agreement with it. Our office determined this to be the appropriate resolution of the case in the interests of justice based on weighing all the facts and circumstances of the case,” Rollins said in an email.
“This is an open plea with a maximum of 12 years state prison to be determined during a sentencing hearing set for March 19, 2014,” she said.
Authorities said Gevas called 911 on July 11, 2012, at about 10:30 p.m. to report she had stabbed Evans at his house in the 2000 block of Euclid Avenue.
Napa police officers who responded to the call found Evans and Gevas at the residence. Evans was found on the kitchen floor, covered in blood, according to court documents. A kitchen carving knife was found close by. Evans was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to court documents.
Gevas was arrested and transported to the Napa Police Department, where she stated she was in a rage when she lunged toward Evans and swung the knife, according to a court filing filed by the prosecution.
According to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office, Evans and Gevas met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. They had been dating for a year and a half before the fatal stabbing.
Earlier, Gevas’ public defender had argued the homicide was a self-defense case. In a brief filed in September, Allison Wilensky, a deputy public defender, said Gevas would testify at trial about Evans’ history of violence toward her and his drug and alcohol history, “which will help a jury decide her state of mind at the time of the stabbing.”
The Public Defender’s Office stopped representing Gevas last fall because of a legal conflict. Her new attorney, Jim McEntee, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
According to court records, both Evans and Gevas had been drinking earlier that day. Evans had talked about marrying Gevas during a golf game with his brother in the afternoon of July 11, 2012.
Evans, who went golfing after his shift at a liquor store, then went to have a “couple” of drinks at a restaurant on Trancas Street before going home, according to a brief the District Attorney’s Office filed last fall.
Gevas, who had her own apartment, spent most of her time at Evans’ house. On July 11, she had been drinking, according to the court filing.
When Evans returned home, the two began to argue and Gevas left to go home. When she returned to the house on Euclid Avenue, Evans told her to go away and said her belongings would be on the front porch the following morning, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Gevas started banging on the door before entering the house through a kitchen door, saying she needed her eye glasses, according to Rollins, the deputy district attorney assigned to the case. The two continued to fight. Gevas later stated she “went into a rage and swung the knife,” according to the filing. She then called 911.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Gevas could have faced 25 years to life in prison.