A 29-year-old Baton Rouge woman was sentenced to 17 years in prison Wednesday in the July 15 stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend following an argument at their Wentling Avenue apartment.

Katina Carter, who was charged with second-degree murder, previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the slaying of Ladrian Davis, 26, at their apartment in the Hidden Pointe Apartments complex near Airline Highway and South Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

Carter apologized to Davis’ family Wednesday and said she loved him. Carter said she was drunk when she stabbed Davis with a kitchen knife.

“This was an accident and a mistake,” she said in a written statement that she read in state District Judge Bonnie Jackson’s courtroom.

“I don’t like the word accident,” the judge told Carter, noting that Davis was stabbed in the chest. “It was not an accident.”

“It wasn’t anger. It was fear,” Carter replied. “It was like a reflex.”

Jackson said Carter left the apartment with a knife, scissors and curling iron and returned later with the knife.

“I came back because I was drunk,” Carter said. “The argument we had — I was done with it. It was just alcohol. It was a bad combination.”

Jackson said a pre-sentence investigation report indicated Carter may have been the victim of domestic violence in previous relationships, but not with Davis.

“Ladrian is no longer with us, and there’s nothing you can do to change that,” the judge said. “Do I think you’re the worst offender? No. Someone is dead, and a price has to be paid.”

That price, Jackson said, is 17 years in the custody of the state corrections department.