A jury convicted a West Hollywood man on June 20 of torturing and killing his girlfriend two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Jurors deliberated for less than a day before finding Blake Leibel, 37, guilty of one count each of first-degree murder, aggravated mayhem and torture. The jury also found Leibel guilty of the special circumstance allegations of murder involving torture and mayhem.
In May 2016, Leibel murdered his 30-year-old girlfriend, Iana Kasian, at an apartment they shared in West Hollywood. Kasian was tortured and mutilated before she was killed and all of her blood was drained from her body. Leibel was later arrested at the apartment, where he had barricaded himself.
The defendant faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26.
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