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Man sentenced to life in prison for 2 Sioux City deaths

September 21, 2019

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man convicted of stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her friend in Sioux City has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Tran Walker, who will turn 20 Sunday, was sentenced Friday in the January 2018 deaths of 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr.

Walker was convicted in August of two counts of first-degree murder. Public defender Jennifer Solberg said she planned to appeal the verdict.

The Sioux City Journal reports the stabbing occurred after Sullivan told Walker she didn’t want to date him anymore.

The stabbing occurred when Walker and the two victims were in a car together because Walker said he wanted to discuss the breakup.

Medical evidence showed that Sullivan was stabbed 43 times. Negron was stabbed 17 times when he tried to intervene.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com