- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A woman sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for stabbing her girlfriend to death during a fight will be eligible for parole in nearly 24 years.

The Standard-Examiner reports (https://bit.ly/1VOt7BW ) the state Board of Pardons decided last month that 23-year-old Victoria Mendoza will spend at least 24 years in the Utah State Prison for the October 2014 death of 21-year-old Tawnee Baird. Her parole hearing date has been set for October 2039.

Mendoza pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced in November.

The couple had been driving from Salt Lake City to Ogden when they began to argue and Mendoza stabbed Baird 46 times.

The victim’s father, Casey Baird, says he and his family will continue fighting to keep Mendoza in prison beyond 2039.

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