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Man Convicted of Brutal Stabbing and Beating Murder of Corona Woman

Man Convicted of Brutal Stabbing and Beating Murder of Corona Woman

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CORONA – A man who killed a woman by attacking her with a bat and a knife in a Corona parking lot in 2016, was convicted of the murder last week. On September 22, 2016, police were dispatched to the 700 block of S. Main Street in the City of Corona after multiple 911 calls were made reporting that a woman, later identified as Lavern Davis, 60, or Corona was being brutally beaten and stabbed by a man, later identified as Steven Loia, 54.

Davis died as a result of her injuries and Loia fled the scene. Citizens watched as Loia fled and reported his whereabouts to police. Loia was arrested and charged with first-degree murder with a felony enhancement for using weapons during the crime with prior serious felony convictions. Nearly a year later the trial began at the Riverside Hall of Justice. From July 18-20th the jury heard the evidence and statements.

In the afternoon of July 20, 2017, the jury found Loia guilty of first-degree murder, found true the allegation of the use of weapons during a crime (two counts) and found true the allegation of committing a new crime with a prior serious felony conviction,” Corona Police officials said. “Having a prior “strike” offense doubles the sentence of Loia’s murder conviction.”

Loia will be sentenced in mid-August and will be facing a maximum 57 years-to-life for the murder.

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This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization

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  • Steven-Loia: Corona Police Department