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Woman sentenced for killing pregnant woman, fetus in South L.A. melee

August 3, 2010 |  3:25 pm

A 23-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years to life in state prison for driving her vehicle into a crowd of people at a South Los Angeles gas station, killing a pregnant woman and her fetus.

Unique K. Bishop was convicted April 29 of the second-degree murders of Shontae Blanche, 22, and “Baby Blanche,” during a Nov. 5, 2007, melee that involved as many as 30 women and was related to a dispute over two women dating the same man.

At the height of the disturbance, Bishop drove her car into a crowd at the gas station on the corner of Slauson and Western avenues. She also injured another woman as her car careened into the crowd.

Bishop was charged with murder with the special circumstance of multiple murders. She also was charged with attempted murder in connection with injuries to three other women involved in the melee.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court jury found her not guilty on a charge of first-degree murder. The eight-woman, four-man panel also found Bishop not guilty of attempted murder.

-- Richard Winton