A 30-year-old man was sentenced on Tuesday to 26 years to life in prison after he was found guilty of stabbing his cousin dozens of times at his Long Beach apartment, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Lake Elsinore resident Bryant Keith Underwood was previously found guilty of first-degree murder on May 29 for the death of Long Beach resident Ahkeem Johnson, 27, authorities said. Jurors also found the allegation that he used a dangerous weapon—a knife—during the deadly act as true.
According to police, on April 8, 2014, officers found Johnson dead at his apartment with 28 stab wounds to his neck, back and torso after neighbors reported strange noises from his home and that someone was stabbed.
A witness also told authorities they saw Underwood try to jump the back fence of the complex after the stabbing, said Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kelley, who prosecuted the case.
Long Beach police also testified that when Underwood was arrested his clothing was covered in blood, he was wearing a bloody glove, and he dropped two large bloody knives when officers approached, according to the district attorney’s office.
The Long Beach Police Department investigated the case.