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Woman sentenced for boyfriend's fatal stabbing

East Palo Alto woman receives prison term for 2012 killing

An East Palo Alto woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend and the father of her child was sentenced to four years in state prison on Friday, April 11.

Natisha Anderson, 35, agreed to a plea deal earlier this year for killing 34-year-old Charles Perry on Feb. 7, 2012. Anderson called police to report she had "cut" her boyfriend during an argument at their home in the 1200 block of Camellia Drive in East Palo Alto.

Police found Perry with a stab wound to his femoral artery. A steak knife was in the kitchen sink. Perry later died at Stanford Medical Center.

Anderson had claimed she had accidentally stabbed Perry during the argument, prosecutors said. Perry is the father of her son, who was 4 years old at the time of the incident.

In January, Anderson agreed to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter with a knife enhancement, according to prosecutors. She faced up to 12 years in state prison.

She is expected to serve about a year and a half of her sentence, with 913 days credit for her time in custody since her arrest, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Family members of both Anderson and Perry both spoke at the sentencing, he said.

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Posted by JustMe, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm

JustMe is a registered user.

Only four years for murder? Please tell me my life would be worth more than that. Please tell me that when she gets out in four years, her child will not be place under the custody of someone with such a demonstrated violent temper.


Posted by Gethin, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

That sentence is an absolute disgrace! It may have been forced on the judge by the plea bargain - I cannot address that. But as a statement on the value of a human life its shocking, its barely a sentence at all. I think the full 12 years would have been more appropriate.


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