A man pleaded guilty Monday to intentional second-degree murder in the December stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend at her St. Paul apartment.

Kevin S. Evans, 49, who has no known permanent address, will be sentenced Feb. 13. The maximum sentence for the crime is 40 years, and public defender Jeffrey Benson said he expected that Evans will get a sentence of about 36 1/2 years based on his criminal history.

Evans, who was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, has a record that includes a murder in the 1980s.

“Mr. Evans just wants to go to prison instead of waiting,” Benson said.

Evans admitted to Ramsey County District Judge Salvador Rosas that he repeatedly stabbed Miranda Schunk, a 38-year-old mother of three, on the evening of Dec. 28 because he felt betrayed by her. She had obtained an order for protection from him only a few days before.

“I kept on stabbing her. I didn’t care anymore,” Evans said in court. His purpose? “To take her life,” he said.

Schunk had major stab wounds in the chest and abdomen, and also was stabbed in the face, arms and hands. Police found her covered in blood and discovered a knife used in the assault in the bedroom. She died later at Regions Hospital.

“If remorsefulness is based on taking responsibility, he certainly was,” Benson said after the hearing.