A 23-year-old man was convicted Friday of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing a woman during a dispute over a parking space at a swap meet last year in Santa Fe Springs.

Elizabeth Yanez. Image via YouTube
Elizabeth Yanez. Image via YouTube
A jury in Norwalk acquitted Reggie Cervantes of first- and second-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 17 death of Elizabeth Yanez, along with a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on the woman’s son, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Yanez — who was with her two adult children — got into an argument with Cervantes, who was in a separate vehicle. He got out of his car and stabbed Yanez, according to authorities.

The 43-year-old woman was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where she later died from a heart attack, according to Ardalani.

Cervantes was arrested a day later and has remained behind bars since then.

He is due back in court for sentencing Sept. 30 and faces up to 23 years in state prison.

— City News Service

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