Tinesha Brooks gets 10 years for stabbing Maurice Paschal in 2014 during argument over his seeing other women

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Tinesha Brooks | Chicago Police

Tinesha Brooks | Chicago Police

A woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally stabbing Maurice Paschal, the father of one of her children, during an argument in the Bronzeville neighborhood two years ago.

Tinesha Brooks, 28, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of second-degree murder before Judge Timothy Joseph Joyce, according to Cook County court records.

Brooks stabbed 26-year-old Maurice Paschal during an argument over his fidelity about 11:40 p.m. May 23, 2014, at her home in the 3900 block of South Indiana, authorities said at the time.

The fight started with another man present. They first argued in a room where both of Brooks’ children were. But the man took the children out of the room and later was able to diffuse the fight.

They were arguing about whether Paschal, the father of one of Brooks’ two children, had been seeing other women, but agreed to talk out their problems on the back porch, prosecutors said at the time.

Instead of just talking, Brooks allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen on her way to a back porch.

Once outside, she stabbed Paschal 15 times in the heart, abdomen and back. When police arrived, they found Brooks’ sweatpants covered in blood, and blood covering the kitchen floor, counter top and hallway.

Paschal, of the 4700 block of South Michigan, died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

Joyce sentenced Brooks to 10 years in prison Monday, according to court records. She will receive credit for 718 days served in the Cook County Jail.

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