A Southern California woman was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years in state prison for shooting and killing her landlord and attempting to bury him in the backyard of his home, prosecutors said.
Kristen King Olson, 41, had pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for the 2018 shooting of Royce Leon Lanham, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
Authorities found Lanham’s body wrapped in tarp in the backyard next to a shovel and a freshly dug grave.
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Lanham, 62, had been attempting to evict Olson from the home in Gardena due to her erratic behavior, prosecutors said.
When officers responded on Sept. 12, 2008, Olson initially barricaded herself inside the home, but eventually surrendered.
Olson was originally charged with murder and faced a possible maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison had the case gone to trial.