California woman’s killer gets life sentence in BART rail station stabbing attack
Written by kslmadmin on July 18, 2020
The crimes occurred at a BART rail station in Oakland, FOX 2 of the San Francisco Bay Area reported.
Cowell was convicted in March of first-degree murder in the death of Nia Wilson, 18, and of attempted murder against Letifah Wilson, the station reported.
A third sister, Tashiya, who witnessed the attacks but was not harmed herself, lashed out at the killer during an online sentencing hearing Friday, FOX 2 reported.
“You took our baby,” Tashiya Wilson told Cowell. “I’ll never be OK. Never.”
She added that she wished Cowell had received the death penalty, FOX 2 reported.
“May God have mercy on your soul,” Letifah Wilson told him, according to the East Bay Times.
The three sisters were returning from a family gathering when Cowell launched what authorities believe was a completely random attack, the Times reported.
Although Cowell is White and his victims were Black, the defendant was not charged with a hate crime, despite the wishes of the victims’ family, the newspaper reported.
Cowell had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but Alameda County Superior Court Judge Allan Hymer ruled that Cowell was sane at the time of the crimes.
Although Cowell was convicted of first-degree murder with the special circumstance of “lying in wait,” prosecutors opted against pursuing the death penalty, the Times reported.
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