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Woman Who Randomly Stabbed Shoppers at Weho Target Sentenced to State Hospital

Layla Rosette Trawick—who has been held at Patton State Hospital since September 2010—is judged to be not guilty by reason of insanity.

A Northern California woman who admitted stabbing shoppers inside a West Hollywood Target store in 2010 was sentenced Friday to 16 years and 8 months in a state hospital.

Layla Rosette Trawick—who has been held at Patton State Hospital since September 2010—was judged to be not guilty by reason of insanity of two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

The sentence—imposed in Beverly Hills Superior Court—is the maximum penalty for those counts, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The Antioch woman—who, according to family members, has a history of mental health issues and lost custody of her son—was arrested by an off-duty sheriff's deputy and security personnel who responded to screams at the Target store at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue on May 3, 2010.

Trawick stabbed four shoppers apparently at random, according to the District Attorney's Office. Two had serious injuries, which they survived, and two were treated at the scene.

Brian Hamilton February 09, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Grateful for the quick action of the off-duty sheriff's deputy, Deputy Clay Grant Jr., who happened to be shopping at the store. He sprang into action to save others from harm.

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