Lady Justice 3 16-9

A man who killed his live-in girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in Lancaster was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years to life in state prison.

Jesus Humberto Canales, 35, was convicted March 10 of first-degree murder for the July 12, 2008, stabbing death of Lucy Preciado.

Jurors also convicted him of four counts of child abuse involving the children, who were between 7 months old and 9 years old at the time.

The children — three of whom the couple had together — were left unattended at the scene with their 26-year-old dying mother, who was struck by the sword at least three times, according to Deputy District Attorney Seth Carmack.

Preciado’s then-9-year-old daughter called 911 to plead for help, telling a 911 operator that she didn’t want her mom to die.

Canales — who fled — was subsequently profiled on the television show “America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back.”

The Salvadoran native eluded capture until homicide detectives developed information that he might be residing in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico. He was detained in November 2013 by Mexican authorities, handed over to the U.S. Marshals Service and flown back to Los Angeles County.

City News Service

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