30-year-old Woman Convicted of Fatal Stabbing in Whittier

A 30-year-old woman was convicted on Thursday for fatally stabbing a woman after a dispute and then breaking into a tire store in Whittier.

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After stabbing a woman to death, Vanessa Celaya broke into a tire shop and stole clothes.

After a day of deliberation, the jury found Vanessa Celaya of Rubidoux guilty for second-degree murder and first-degree residential robbery. Jurors also found true a special allegation that the suspect used a knife in the crime.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea Mader said Celaya walked up to the victim Michelle Young and stabbed her several times after a verbal argument around 11:00 p.m. Sept. 5th. The 31-year-old victim was pronounced dead at 11:12 p.m. at the scene. Prosecutors said Celaya then, broke into a tire shop and threatened a security guard and demanded for a change of clothing.

Authorities responded to a call and taken Celaya into custody near the store.

Celaya is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8 in Department G of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Norwalk Branch. Prosecutors said Celaya faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 years and four months in state prison if she is convicted.