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Woman receives 27 years for killing

A Spokane woman was sent to prison Friday for 27 years for stabbing a friend in the head eight times in a murder case that Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor said was “permeated with crack cocaine.”

Sabrina Marine Kendall, 29, jumped on 20-year-old Tiesha T. McIntyre’s back and stabbed her to get more crack cocaine when she ran out of money to buy it from McIntyre. Then she went to another room to smoke the drug with two men while McIntyre died.

McIntyre came to Kendall’s apartment to resupply Kendall and the men with drugs when they ran out, according to court documents. McIntyre remained in the apartment and continued selling crack until Kendall killed her with help from Steven M. Sigur, 40.

McIntyre contributed to her own death, but she “paid the ultimate price,” Deputy Prosecutor Larry Steinmetz said.

He said Kendall “tied and bound her in a manner that we don’t even treat animals.” Kendall smoked crack while waiting for McIntyre to die “a horrible death,” Steinmetz said.

“She stabbed my child 14 times,” said McIntyre’s anguished father, Kenneth McIntyre. “… She destroyed me.”

Tiesha McIntyre was stabbed in the shoulder and had her throat cut, in addition to being stabbed in the head over and over with a large kitchen knife.

Kenneth McIntyre said Kendall left his daughter’s body to decompose so badly that family members couldn’t look at her to pay their final respects. McIntyre’s body was found six days after her murder, when two apartment workers became concerned that Kendall was missing.

“Why did she leave my daughter there so long, like an animal?” Kenneth McIntyre asked.

Other relatives asked that question over and over, and took no satisfaction in the fact that Kendall was in a hospital recovering from a failed suicide attempt.

“She got help for herself,” said Pamela Chapman, who reared McIntyre when she was young.

“I hope God forgives me for the horrible thoughts I have against Sabrina,” McIntyre’s friend Leslie McDaniel said.

Turning to address McIntyre’s family and friends, some of whom walked out of the courtroom, Kendall tearfully apologized. “I can’t find the words to describe how sick inside I feel about how I behaved that day,” she said.

Public Defender John Rogers said Kendall’s experience with crack cocaine began when her mother locked her in a closet in a crack house when she was a small child. Kendall was a streetwalker in Tacoma before she was 15, and has a long history of suicide attempts and mental health problems, Rogers said.

He wondered aloud why co-defendant Steven Sigur was allowed to plead guilty to third-degree assault and get a three-year sentence without even being required to testify against Kendall.

The reason, Steinmetz said outside court, was that the only witness against Sigur died of a drug overdose before Sigur could be brought to trial for first-degree murder. Unlike Kendall, Sigur hadn’t confessed to police.

A jury last month convicted Kendall of first-degree murder.

She faced a standard-range sentence of 274 to 357 months in prison, and O’Connor settled on 324, or 27 years.

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