Keith Sparks, 44, was sentenced to 20 years to life, Friday, for stabbing his estranged girlfriend to death at the at the Mckinley Mall last September.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says 38-year-old Mallacia Tipps and her friend was going to purchase a stove at the mall, when Sparks showed up at the mall, tried to shoot Tipps in the parking lot, but the gun jammed.
“The victim ended up in the Sears store, Mr. Sparks ran after them and followed her in the Sears store. At that point, confronted her, and pulled a knife out and stabbed her,” Flynn said.
Flynn says the homicide was one of several domestic violence related homicides that happened last year.
“Last year was an awful year. Last year, in 2019 we had 13 domestic violence homicides,” he said.
So far, this year, Flynn says there hasn’t been any domestic violence homicides.