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Pasadena Woman Sentenced to 16 Years in Shooting Death of Local Woman

Published on Monday, July 9, 2018 | 6:08 pm
Police officers shown in the early morning hours of July 8, 2017 at the location where a Katoya King, 44, of Pasadena, was found mortally wounded. The victim's handbag can be seen at the left. Photo: RMG News


A judge sentenced 59-year-old Pasadenan Teretha Howard to 16 years in prison for the killing of 44-year-old Katoya King, also of Pasadena, on July 8, 2017.

Howard pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for the dismissal of a murder charge against her for the killing.

Authorities now say that Howard and King had been fighting about a relationship when Howard pulled out a handgun and shot King one time in the abdomen about 1:30 a.m.

Police responding to a citizen’s call found King suffering from the gunshot wound in the 100 block of West Peoria Street in front of a gate on the southern perimeter of the Lincoln Avenue Post Office facility.

King was able to provide a very limited amount of information before she was transported to a local hospital, where she died.

Howard was arrested and booked at the Pasadena Police jail hours later that same day at 7:33 p.m.

She has remained behind bars in lieu of $2 million bail until today’s sentencing.

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