A man convicted of murdering a Salt Lake woman and choking her son began serving a prison term Monday.

Third District Judge John Rokich sentenced Juan Lopez Jr. to five years to life for the stabbing death of Cindy Redfox Hernandez last March 2. Rockich also gave Lopez a 1-to-15 year sentence for abusing her son, 7.While her son looked on, Lopez stabbed Hernandez, 32, after entering her apartment at 218 W. Fourth North. Lopez then turned on the boy, choking and nearly killing him.

A jury found Lopez guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse on Nov. 28.