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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Wichita man sentenced in girlfriend's death

  • A Wichita man who stabbed his girlfriend to death in a store parking lot was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.
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  • A Wichita man who stabbed his girlfriend to death in a store parking lot was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.
    Forty-year-old Eric Avila was sentenced Thursday for killing 35-year-old Alina Burkman at a south Wichita Kmart. He pleaded no contest in November to second-degree murder and kidnapping in the March 8 death.
    Wichita police said Avila and Burkman fought after being evicted from a nearby hotel.
    Police say Avila suffered stab wounds to the chest and abdomen, but the wounds were apparently self-inflicted.
    The Wichita Eagle reports Avila's attorney said the two loved each other but were both addicted to drugs.
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