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[KHTS] – Eric Earle, who was found guilty of murder of Karla Brada in September was sentenced to 26 years to life, officials said Monday.

Eric Allen Earle

Eric Allen Earle

A Saugus man with a history of domestic violence was sentenced today to 26 years to life in state prison for the killing of his girlfriend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office officials said in a news release.

Eric Allen Earle, 43, was found guilty by a jury on Sept. 18 of first-degree murder.

On Sept. 1, 2011, the 31-year-old victim was found dead inside her condo, which she shared with Earle, just two days before her birthday. She had been beaten and asphyxiated by Earle during a violent argument, according to trial testimony.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Earle not only assaulted his girlfriend on other occasions but that he also had beaten his estranged wife.

Deputy District Attorney Elena Abramson prosecuted the case.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was the investigative agency.

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In the opening statements back in September, Deputy District Attorney Elena Abramson described Earle as an abusive, controlling boyfriend who beat his girlfriend in an argument ending with Brada’s death Sept. 1, 2011.

Abramson opened with a picture of Brada, noting the victim would have turned 35 on Sept. 3, the day before jurors were to get their notice for service.

earle-bardaIn early 2011, Brada and Earle met in an alcoholics anonymous meeting where both were struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Within a few months, the two were living together in Brada’s two-bedroom condo in Saugus.

The relationship quickly turned violent, Abramson contended, explaining in her opening remarks how Earle allegedly isolated Brada from her friends, while manipulating her and physically abusing her.

Arredondo declined to say whether Earle would testify on his own behalf during the trial.

He said his client had no reason to kill Brada and that he loved her, Arredondo said.

“Much of the case here will depend upon expert testimony,” Arredondo said, but adding if the justice system relied on experts alone, there would be no need for the jury.

“The conclusion here is death by asphyxiation,” Arredondo said. “The problem here is that, there’s also methadone.”

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25 Comments

  1. Tommy Rini Tommy Rini says:

    So 20 people here failed to read the entire article? what’s up with the last sentence.

  2. And there’s also methadone. Hahahaha!

  3. Eric murdered my friend his girlfriend and yes he got what he deserved today justice was finally served fir Karla and now she can finally rest in peace. Sitting thru the trial was heart breaking, yes she had meth in her system but that’s not what killed her he did. There’s nothing funny about this life changing event for my friends family. RIP Karla I miss you my friend

  4. I fail to see the humor in this woman’s death. Whether or not anything was in her system, she was beaten. Did you not read that part of the story?

  5. And because of our liberal justice system he will not serve all his time and he’ll be enjoying life in prison! So sad for the victim! Vote no on 47

  6. Don’t do drugs and don’t be or stay in abusive relationships! No humor & he does deserve more then what he got

  7. Statistics are very, very poor/negative for women who participate in AA on some fronts. Many are victimized, i.e. rape, domestic violence by those they come in contact through their AA Meetings unfortunately. Add Karla to these stats. RIP to Karla.

  8. R.I.P. Condolences too her family and friends

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