Man Sentenced to 158 Years to Life in Prison for Murdering South L.A. Mother Over $10 Cable Bill: DA’s Office

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A man who fatally shot a South L.A. mother of two and wounded her boyfriend over a $10 cable bill was sentenced to 158 years to life in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Terri Kwan Smith, 42, was fatally shot in a dispute with a roommate on April 14, 2014. (Credit: DMV)

Terri Kwan Smith, 42, was fatally shot in a dispute with a roommate on April 14, 2014. (Credit: DMV)

A jury convicted 57-year-old Kenneth Theodrick Parks of one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder on Sept. 10, according to a news release from the DA’s Office.

Parks had rented out rooms to 42-year-old Terri Smith at a South L.A. home. He had an ongoing dispute over an unpaid cable bill with the victim when the shooting occurred, Deputy DA Joshua Ritter said in the release.

On April 14, 2014, Parks fatally shot Smith and injured her boyfriend at the house, according to the release.

The boyfriend was struck twice by the gunfire, but still managed to disarm Parks and hit him with the weapon, Ritter said.

At the time of her death, Smith’s two children were 11 years old and 20 months old, police said.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s South Bureau Homicide Division investigated the case.