By Anna Buss
A 27-year-old woman was sentenced last week to 15 years to life in state prison for killing her boyfriend in 2012, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney Office.
Deputy District Attorney Lisa Coen said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter A. Hernandez sentenced Erica Artavia Campbell in West Covina. A jury convicted Campbell on Feb. 11 of second-degree murder in the death of Markeon Taylor, 24.
Coen said on April 2, 2012, Campbell and Taylor got into a fight at her brother’s Pomona apartment. A witness testified in court that on the day of the incident, Campbell started a fight with Taylor in the kitchen. Her brother tried to diffuse the situation, but Campbell stabbed Taylor in the chest with a knife. The prosecutor said Campbell stabbed Taylor with such force that the knife pierced his heart, causing him to bleed to death.
Authorities were called and Taylor was taken to a hospital where he later died. Pomona Police interviewed Campbell and charged her in connection with the death on April 5.
Taylor, from Tennessee, was living in Southern California to attend a murder trial in which his brother, Marquis Leblanc, was the victim. Leblanc, 18, was beaten and shot to death by gang members on April 17, 2009.