Police capture murder suspect; East Cobb fugitive charged in stabbing death of former wife
by Geoff Folsom
December 28, 2012 12:00 AM | 16644 views | 16 16 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Kristofak - Cobb County Sheriff's Office
John Kristofak - Cobb County Sheriff's Office
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MARIETTA — An east Cobb man wanted in connection with the stabbing death of his ex-wife was arrested early Thursday at a Union City motel and booked into Cobb County jail.

Police arrested John S. Kristofak, 58, at 3:30 a.m. in a Motel 6 south of Atlanta. Kristofak was charged with murder and aggravated assault related to Saturday’s stabbing death of his ex-wife, Donna Nations Kristofak, 48, in the 3900 block of Tall Pine Drive near Walton High School.

Officers with the Cobb Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Union City Police participated in the arrest.

After surveillance of the area, officers entered the motel room and arrested John Kristofak after a brief struggle. A small caliber handgun was found in the room.

“He was non-compliant to an order given by police officers,” said U.S. Marshals Supervisory Inspector Gavin K. Duffy. “We certainly surprised him, but the lights were on in the room when we went in.”

Duffy credited Cobb investigators with leading the way toward locating John Kristofak.

“I believe they did a pretty good job keeping an eye on him and staying a half a step behind him,” Duffy said. “It was an outstanding job by the Cobb County Fugitive Unit. It was a team effort, and that’s the only way somebody like this gets taken into custody.”

According to police, Kristofak, a resident of Acworth, faces an additional charge for a probation violation related to his October conviction for aggravated stalking and family violence simple battery charges. Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs sentenced him to four years and five months probation and seven months in jail, most of which he had already served. He was also barred from having contact with Donna Kristofak.

John Kristofak, originally from Connecticut, is registered to sell life and accident and sickness insurance with the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

Despite numerous media reports relaying police information that Kristofak was last seen driving a brown Chevrolet Equinox, Duffy said the suspect still had the vehicle parked outside his motel room.

“We certainly use that as a clue in our business,” he said.
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Still saddened
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January 05, 2013
Wow1010: if this had been your family, I doubt that you'd be feeling this way. Donna was one of my best friends and because of this negligent judge, these boys don't have their mother. I will never get to speak to her again until we meet in Heaven one day.
Cobb Resident
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January 01, 2013
Guilty - save our taxes - try him now - convict him and give him what he deserves - death penalty. Not years from now - save our taxes give him the needle today!
DV in Cobb
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December 29, 2012
DV isn't taken seriously in Cobb County period.

Cobb is becoming Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton County. Our Judges are giving light sentences and letting criminals walk in all sorts of crimes.

One major part of the problem is the Chief Magistrate Judge Cox. He is the gatekeeper and often lets hard core criminals out after arrest with OR bonds or very low bonds, because his friend defense attys are appointed the case.

Judge Grubbs just did what every other superior court judge in Cobb would have done. The system is broken. We need to send criminals to prison. We are getting to liberal with our justice system.

We will only see more of this. The Gov just pasted a new criminal justice reform law, letting even more criminals walk after weak sentences for non-violent crimes... I.E. Burglary, and Illegal drugs, so called "non-violent" crimes.
cobb resident
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December 29, 2012
very sad situation, two boys have lost their mom, I can't imagine how much they will have to go through in life.

I'm sure their dad will get what he deserves in prison
Lostawonderfulfriend
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December 28, 2012
Donna was one of my best friends. This judge is to be blamed. I hold her responsible. If this had been her daughter or family member in trouble, she would have done more than she did for Donna. It's shameful. The judge should resign.
Beebie
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December 28, 2012
No surprise that the man was released. Now that The Feds have stopped paying per diem for each day of incarceration, the perpetrators are released ASAP. Oftentimes Judge Grubbs makes outlandish decisions and remarks from the Bench. She is not fit to hold office but that isn't unusual in the Cobb County judicial system. The system is incompetent, incestuous and corrupt.,
CobbCoGuy
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December 28, 2012
If only she had been armed.
Wow1010
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December 28, 2012
You cannot blame the judge. This man could have served his time in jail and when released gone over and committed the murder. JOHN KRISTOFAK murdered his ex-wife NOT the judge. Why should be look any further than that?
Mike W.
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December 28, 2012
The Hell I can't blame her. Judges are the gateway to the judicial system. If we cannot rely on good judgment, then what are we to do? She has this woman's blood on her and it's ridiculous that we shouldn't criticize her. This business of judges being exempt from commenting on their cases is nothing but BS!
Cobb Native
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December 28, 2012
Cobb Voter-I wholeheartedly agree! However, Judge Grubbs is retiring from the bench and will not be forced to resign due to the public backlash. Nor will the voters of Cobb have the opportunity to NOT vote her back in. When I heard the stalking transcripts and how Ms. Nations begged and pleaded with Judge Grubbs I thought to myself, this woman will not be able to sleep at night knowing Ms. Nations had an ominous gut feeling that she would succumb to Kristofak's attempts to harm her.

However, playing devil's advocate here, Judge Grubbs also had to be fair and just in her sentencing as Kristofak had no prior records of violence, etc. and no arrest record. He had been held on the stalking charges on $250k bond and could not make bond. This is why he sat in Cobb for 7 months awaiting trial.

It is up to us citizens of Cobb to demand our representatives that we vote into office write & pass legislation for mandatory minimums,counseling and also victim assistance and relocation, etc. when any act of violence is commited.
PO'd in Cobb County
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December 28, 2012
Isn't that sweet, Adele Grubbs can't comment. Well, she should. The idea that human behavior is unpredictable is nonsense. This guy said over and over what he was going to do. The woman pleaded to keep him locked up. This judge didn't use good judgment and should resign. It's utter nonsense that she doesn't have to justify a horrible decision from the bench. Shameful, shameful, shameful!! I'm sure all the Cobb County judges will rally around her and tell us what a wonderful jurist she is. Hogwash, I say!
VFP42
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December 27, 2012
HELLO THIS IS ON STAR

WE KNOW PRECISELY WHERE YOUR GM CAR IS AT ALL TIMES.

WE KNOW HOW LONG YOU ARE AT THE BAR BEFORE DRIVING AT 2 AM.

WE KNOW HOW FAST YOU HABITUALLY DRIVE.

WE KNOW IF YOU WEAR YOUR SEATBELT.

WE KNOW WHAT STORES YOU GO TO.

WE KNOW WHERE YOUR MISTRESS/MANSTRESS LIVE.

WE GIVE ALL THIS INFO TO THE COPS IF THEY ASK.

WE SELL IT TO ANYBODY WILLING TO PAY.

Dear crusty old white men of East Cobb, before you take up malice murder of your much despised spouse, no matter HOW much you despise her, please take up car theft and see if you can even pull that one off?
unedged
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December 28, 2012
Please see your psych immediately - you need to have your meds increased. You have crossed from neurotic to psychotic.
Cobb Voter
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December 27, 2012
Adele Grubbs should resign effective immediately. She let the killer out.
Hell found him
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December 27, 2012
Holy crap! Are those staples on his head? Looks like that burning in Hell this guy talked about started when the Sheriif and Marshal found him. Let's see how well this east cobb bad boy likes prison on death row.
uh oh
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December 29, 2012
iF IT is staples darn to bad its not a bullet from the cops. Everyone is talking about the judge what about the attorney who represented this guy he is just as guilty, the attorneys are the ones who talk the judge or da's into deals. guess the usual attorneys who handle this guys murder charge . We all know who that attorney is dont we!!! the same one who represented the murderous cop killer wholwas free for years killed her boyfriend and finally got caught and then killed herself in prison. no love loss their.
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