Wichita man sentenced in girlfriend's death
Published on -1/4/2013, 8:29 AM
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wichita man who stabbed his girlfriend to death in a store parking lot was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.
Forty-year-old Eric Avila was sentenced Thursday for killing 35-year-old Alina Burkman at a south Wichita Kmart. He pleaded no contest in November to second-degree murder and kidnapping in the March 8 death.
Wichita police said Avila and Burkman fought after being evicted from a nearby hotel.
Police say Avila suffered stab wounds to the chest and abdomen, but the wounds were apparently self-inflicted.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/UmYWGE ) Avila's attorney said the two loved each other but were both addicted to drugs.