LOS ANGELES (AP) — A paraplegic woman has been sentenced for stabbing to death a Los Angeles high school basketball player with a knife she concealed in her wheelchair.

Thirty-two-year-old Treauna Turner was sentenced Thursday to 16 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Turner was in a jealous rage in April 2009 when she stabbed 16-year-old Yolanda Kennard in the chest. The Dorsey High School basketball player died less than an hour later.

Authorities say that Turner and the teen’s mother were rivals for the same man and Turner had threatened to kill members of her rival’s family.

She was convicted last year of second-degree murder.

Turner’s mother, Pamela Johnson, was acquitted of a charge that she assaulted the teenager’s mother after the stabbing.

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Comments (10)
  1. AA says:

    Her punishment: get to the top of a 30 story building without using the elevator.

    1. mistahk says:

      That’s selfish and very ungodly….How dare you!

  2. Kim says:

    No man is ever worth killing over!

    1. mark says:

      thats a shame, because as men, we all aspire to want to be killed…. one can only dream.

  3. BD McGee says:

    She’ll be an easy target for rape in prison anyway.

  4. Barbee says:

    I remember when this happened this is just the worst ever an Adult kills a Child over a relationship rival with the decedent’s Mom? Are you kidding who does that? To be honest I think she should be doing life not 16 years and her Mom who assaulted the decedent’s Mom after her daughter was murdered should not have been aquitted now she;ll deal with street justice of South Central LA you just can’t be involved with a Child’s murder and survive the streets her day is coming sooner than she thinks. What kind of low life Transients fights over a Man and brings a Child into this nonsense? I used to see this piece of trash at the bus stop in her wheel chair drinking beer and just doing absolutely nothing with her life Prison is probably the best she’s ever lived 3 hot meals and a Cot to sleep in for free smh… No one is going to rape her nasty butt they’re going to beat her until she’s dead she killed a baby.

    1. sumwhat1 says:

      It’s so funny how opinions are made. This transient which you call happened to have her own home. She was a mother of 3 beautiful children. Not only was she a mother to 3 beautiful children, she also took very good care of other peoples children. You must not know very much about her or her situation, so how dare you have the guts to speak on a person in such a way. I think that you’re pathetic. First you need to know the details before you form such of an opinion. Based on what I’ve read on your behalf you happen to not be much yourself as you are a resident of the JUNGLES. Look at the pot calling the kettle black…You have plenty of nerves to downgrade someone. And as for her mother, she was suppose to defend her child by any means necessary. It’s a shame that the young lady lost her life behind such foolishness but the girls mother was just as responsible. Now…where they do that at?

  5. Wxyz says:

    It’s really to bad that girls mother who sent her to fight the girl in the wheelchair was not punished for child endangerment but from what I understand most of her children are in the system because she was never a responsible parent….next time ladies fight your own battles and leave your children out of it

  6. Alonzo Harris says:

    A tale of bad parenting on both sides resulting in one child having to be buried and the other having to likely spend the rest of her life behind bars.

    Unfortunately none of us know the whole story but i can tell you this a woman in a wheelchair is not going to pick a fight with a child with the intent on killing, not unless she was mentally ill or on drugs.

    And in that part of town it’s more likely a hardened juvenile could very easily succomb to peer pressure, parental instruction and simply a deadly mistake and think picking a fight with a woman in a wheelchair is something to earn a few stripes on.

    If she was this great basketball player she might have been in the gym perfecting her craft as opposed to hanging out in the streets with her degenerate parent that had legal custody taken away for this very same type of condoning behavior.

  7. artist4u says:

    This is such a shame on both parents behalf. It’s really sad that a mother would allow her child to partake in adult business. This girl was not Dorsey’s favorite. She was a bully and a very disrespectful person. Her mother is crack head and sisters or just as dysfunctional. The father appears to be the only descent individual, however his whereabouts are unknown. It’s really a sad situation, but God know’s best. In my opinion, the mother of the victim is just as responsible as the murderer. I think that the judge was a little too harsh and that the details of the case were not closely looked at. I don’t think that she deserved 16 years to life behind this foolishness.

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