A woman called 911 to say her boyfriend assaulted her. When police arrived, they found her nearly dead with more than 40 stab wounds.
Now, her killer will be free in under 20 years.
This month, a judge in Ohio sentenced Carlton Knox to 15 to 19-and-a-half years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Antoinette Bryant Harris. He previously pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, domestic violence and felonious assault, according to WOIO.
In February 2021, police responded to a Cleveland-area apartment after Harris called 911 and reported her boyfriend assaulted her, according to Cleveland.com. She said she was hit in the head during an argument.
Harris lost consciousness while on the phone with a dispatcher, the report noted.
Officers arrived and found her unconscious. She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to Clevland.com. There was no word on what led to the argument.
It was later determined she was stabbed at least 40 times, according to WOIO.
During a sentencing hearing, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Deborah Turner noted the number of wounds the victim suffered.
“I can’t even imagine, 42 stab wounds,” she said, according to WOIO.
Friends and family spoke during the sentencing hearing, the station reported. They said they are still grieving Harris’ death.
“Her auntie called me telling me she was dead. I thought I was dreaming and I just still can’t believe it.” a close family member said, according to WOIO.
Knox and his defense team also addressed the incident. They said that Knox was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I loved her, and she told me I was her best friend, that’s what she said,” Knox said, according to WOIO. “Plus, we had a whole lot in common, we both had mental disorders.”
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