A Sacramento Superior Court judge this morning sentenced a 22-year-old woman to 25-years-to-life for stabbing her on-and-off-again lover to death - 91 times - in a fit of jealousy and rage.
In August, a jury convicted Lan Anh Le of first-degree murder in the March 2010 stabbing of Monica Anderson, 26. Le was 20 at the time.
Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle handed down the maximum sentence after addressing Anderson's tearful family in the audience, telling them he couldn't help but think of his own daughter and what it would be like to lose a child.
"My deepest sympathy is extended to you," Sawtelle said, "and I feel a great sense of sorrow on your behalf."
Several of Anderson's relatives had addressed the court, describing their sense of loss and devastation in the wake of the woman's death.
Her mother, Vee Arroyo, described it as "a mother's worst nightmare." She said the grief has endangered her marriage, her health and her job.
"It has turned my life upside down," she said, her voice shaking.
Le's public defender, Sandra Di Giulio, read a brief statement from her client, apologizing for what she had done.
"I hope you can forgive me," Di Giulio read from Le's statement. "I'm really remorseful for what I've done."
Attorneys on both sides described the women as being romantically involved. However, Arroyo told The Bee that her daughter always denied that.
After the hearing, Anderson's family and friends hugged and cried in the hallway. Arroyo said she was pleased by the sentence, but added: "I still don't have my daughter back."