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Defendants in Peach Queen Slashing Attack Plead Guilty
Four women pleaded guilty in court yesterday to jumping Banning's 2005 "Peach Queen" and slashing her face with box cutters.After the attack in 2008, the beauty queen Shanice Wilson was left with permanent scars that required plastic surgery, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
As the fight ended, Wilson remembered one of the attackers Azia Aldred saying, "Now every time she sees her face in the mirror, she'll remember me."
Aldred pleaded guilty to felony mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The other women involved, Erica Bastidas, Labrea Steward and Ariana Atkins, pleaded guilty to felony assault causing great bodily injury. Bastidas got seven years, while Steward and Atkins got six years in prison.
The motive? Wilson thought it was because she was drop-dead gorgeous, but detectives believe that Bastidas' suspicion that Wilson was having an affair with her husband led to the attack.
But Wilson asked prosecutors to deliver the women a message suggesting that they she forgave them: "Her scars didn't hurt anymore and she didn't want them to hurt either," Deputy District Attorney Maureen Dumouchel said.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.