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A 31-year-old man convicted of killing a South Los Angeles woman who had allowed him to stay at her apartment was sentenced Friday to 26 years to life in state prison.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry Hall imposed the term on Laevin Meikel Weatherspoon, convicted Aug. 31 of first-degree murder for stabbing Wanda Threadgill in December 2013.

The 45-year-old woman — who had allowed the homeless man to live in her apartment for at least six weeks — was found wrapped in a comforter on her bedroom floor after her daughter became concerned because she had not heard from her mother for nearly two weeks, according to Deputy District Attorney Casey Higgins.

Threadgill had been stabbed 27 times, with Weatherspoon admitting during the trial that he had killed her with a butcher knife that was shown in a photograph in court during his trial, Higgins said.

Weatherspoon was arrested in Chicago in February 2014 after a warrant was issued for his arrest, and was returned to Los Angeles County to stand trial.

–City News Service

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