A Slidell man who pulled a box cutter on his sleeping ex-girlfriend after breaking into her house pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated burglary and second offense domestic abuse battery.

Lisa Page, spokeswoman for 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery, said that James Francis, 28, was sentenced to eight years on the burglary charge and five on the battery charge, to run concurrently.

Francis broke into the woman’s house on Sept. 12 at about 5:30 a.m., while she was still asleep, Page said. She awakened to find him standing over her with a box cutter and threatened to kill her and her family if she screamed, Page said.

Francis fled when the woman screamed despite his threats, and she then called 911.

He pleaded guilty in Judge Raymond Childress’ court. Assistant District Attorney Joey Oubre prosecuted the case.

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