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June 26, 2018: Man Sentenced For Murdering Girlfriend in West Hollywood

Greg Risling, Assistant Media Chief
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A man was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for torturing and killing his girlfriend in West Hollywood two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Blake Leibel (dob 5/8/81) was found guilty by a jury last week of one count each of first-degree murder, aggravated mayhem and torture. The panel also found true the special circumstance allegations of murder involving torture and mayhem.

Deputy District Attorneys Tannaz Mokayef and Beth Silverman of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

In May 2016, Leibel murdered his 30-year-old girlfriend, Iana Kasian, at an apartment they shared in West Hollywood. Kasian was tortured and mutilated before she was killed and all of her blood was drained from her body.

Leibel was later arrested at the apartment where he had barricaded himself.

Case BA443859 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.