LOS ANGELES - A 23-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years to life in state prison for driving her vehicle into a crowd of people in South Los Angeles, killing a pregnant woman and her fetus.Unique Kiana Bishop, of Los Angeles, was convicted April 29 of the second-degree murders of Shontae Blanche, 22, and her unborn child, both of whom died after being run over. On Nov. 5, 2007, Bishop drove her car into a crowd of more than two dozen women during a dispute in the 5800 block of S. Western Avenue. Bishop was charged with murder with the special circumstance of multiple murders. She also was charged with attempted murder in connections with injuries to three other women involved in the melee. The jury found her not guilty on the first-degree murders and guilty of second-degree. The eight-woman, four-man panel also found Bishop not guilty of attempted murder. Deputy district attorney Kenneth Chiu prosecuted the case.
********** Published: August 5, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 16