Man Found Guilty of Killing Woman Over Parking Spot at Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet: DA’s Office

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Elizabeth Yanez, shown in a family photo, was stabbed multiple times in the parking lot of a swap meet in Santa Fe Springs.

A jury found a 23-year-old man guilty of killing a woman over a parking spot in front of her two adult children at a Santa Fe Springs swap meet last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday.

Reggie Cervantes was convicted of one count of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing, according to a news release from the DA’s office. The jury deliberated for more than a day before handing down the guilty verdict.

On Oct. 17, 2014, the victim, 43-year-old Elizabeth Yanez, drove to the swap with her two adult children.

The family was looking for a parking space when Yanez reportedly got into a verbal confrontation with Cervantes, who was in another vehicle, prosecutors said.

The defendant exited his car, walked over to the victim, and stabbed her, according to the release. Police said at the time that she had multiple stab wounds to her neck and back.

Yanez was taken to UCI Medical Center where she “died of other causes,” prosecutors said.

Cervantes was arrested one day after the incident.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 30. Cervantes faces a maximum possible sentence of 23 years in prison, the DA’s office stated.

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