Teen sentenced to 26 years to life for killing cousin

LANCASTER – An 18-year-old Littlerock man charged in the 2010 slashing death of his 11-year-old cousin and the knife attack of her 14-year-old sister was sentenced Thursday.

Lonnie Lee Liner was sentenced to 11 years, plus 15 years to life in accordance with a plea deal.

Liner pleaded no contest on March 28 to one count each of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, according to Deputy District Attorney S. Kelly Cromer of the Antelope Valley Branch Office.

Liner, who was 16 at the time the case was filed but was charged as an adult, also admitted allegations of great bodily injury and personal use of knife in the commission of the attempted murder.

Liner attacked the girls in their Littlerock home on the morning of Aug. 3, 2010. The 11-year-old victim’s throat was slashed; Dahlia Lenaris died inside the home.

Her sister suffered multiple knife wounds, but managed to escape.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

  2 comments for “Teen sentenced to 26 years to life for killing cousin

  1. stephanie
    April 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I find it annoying how everyone keeps spelling my daughter’s name wrong. Her name was Dahlia Lenaris.

    • April 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      We apologize for misspelling your daughter’s name. We have corrected it in the story. Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss.

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