MAYS LANDING — A Pleasantville woman pleaded guilty Thursday in a 2018 stabbing that killed an Atlantic City woman and left a man wounded, officials said.

Rollie Ellis, 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter in the death of Jennifer Rodriguez and second-degree aggravated assault for stabbing Raphy Rodriguez before Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr. in Atlantic County Superior Court, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.

Ellis faces 20 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and seven for the aggravated assault charge, according to the release.

About 6:35 a.m. April 11, 2018, Raphy and his wife, Jennifer Rodriguez, both 34, were in their apartment in the first block of South Iowa Avenue with Ellis, according to the release. An altercation took place, and Ellis stabbed the couple.

Jennifer escaped the apartment and ran across the street to the Public Safety Building, where she was found in the lobby unresponsive and bleeding from a stab wound to the back of her head/neck, according to the release. She was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Raphy also escaped the apartment, flagging down a police officer on Iowa Avenue, according to the release. He was taken to the hospital with several serious stab wounds but survived.

Ellis was originally charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. She is in the Atlantic County jail awaiting sentencing.

The Prosecutor’s Office and Atlantic City police investigated.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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