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.