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Two sentenced to life for frenzied stabbing homicide of 19-year-old lady

After 5 years, two Modesto residents have been given life sentences for the frenzied stabbing dying of a 19-year-old co-worker who later recognized them as she bled to dying on a lonely Livermore highway.

The defendants at the moment are recognized as 24-year-old Kate-Lynn Armstrong — who used to go by Daniel Gross — and Melissa Leonardo, 30, two Modesto residents who had been engaged to be married on the time of the assault. The sufferer, 19-year-old Lizette Andrea Cuesta, of Tracy, was using in a automobile with each her killers when Armstrong allegedly stabbed her 43 instances with a big knife.

Leonardo and Armstrong had been engaged to be married on the time of the stabbing.

In an especially uncommon transfer, Armstrong pleaded responsible to homicide nearly instantly after being charged. Leonardo additionally entered a no contest plea to second diploma homicide. Each had been sentenced Sept. 19, on the East County Corridor of Justice in Dublin, to fifteen years to life, with Armstrong receiving one additional 12 months to be used of a knife in the course of the homicide.

Passing motorists found Cuesta mortally wounded however clinging to life round 2 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2018, on Tesla Street in unincorporated Livermore. Affected by dozens of stab wounds and blood loss, she nonetheless managed to utter the names of her killers to the individuals who stopped to assist her.

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