By Edwin Folven, 2/14/2013
Trawick sentenced to 16 years in mental hospital
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has sentenced a woman who stabbed four people inside the West Hollywood Target store in 2010 to more than 16 years in a state mental hospital.
The defendant, Layla Rosetta Trawick, 36, earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. However, Judge Antonio Barreto Jr. found her not guilty by reason of insanity and remanded her last Friday to the Patton State Hospital to serve a 16 year, eight month sentence.
Trawick, who was originally from Antioch, Calif., reportedly had a history of mental health problems, and had been in and out of mental health facilities since childhood. She moved to Hollywood in 2009 and lived for a time with her ex-boyfriend until the two parted ways and she ended up living on the streets. On May 3, 2010, Trawick entered the Target store at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, pulled out two knives and randomly began stabbing people, according to authorities with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.
An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was shopping inside the Target when the attacks occurred, and confronted Trawick at gunpoint. She dropped the knives and was taken into custody with the help of the store’s security personnel.
The four people stabbed — three women and one man — suffered minor to critical injuries. All of the victims have since recovered.
Robison said Trawick has been in custody since the attack. Prior to the sentencing, she was already being housed at Patton State Hospital.
The defendant was originally found to be incompetent to stand trial, but later, state psychiatric authorities ruled that she was competent and the court proceedings could move forward. Trawick pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to Robison, but Barreto overruled that plea, ruling that Trawick is insane based on her lengthy history of mental illness. The more than 16-year sentence reflects the maximum amount of time she would have received if found guilty.
Patton State Hospital, which opened in 1893 and was originally named the Southern California State Asylum for the Insane and Inebriates, is a secure facility located in San Bernardino County that houses individuals who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, or are deemed incompetent to stand trial.