[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
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.
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.
In 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.”