Grieving Family gets Closure: 75 Years-to-Life for Kenia Buckner’s murder
Photo: Antowan Ladell Parker
CRESCENTA VALLEY – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and The LA County Justice System made sure that Kenia Buckner’s family finally received closure. The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station announced the jury’s decision that was handed down on May 10th for the January 16th 2017 shooting death of Kenia Buckner by her ex-boyfriend, Antowan Ladell Parker. The sentence: 75 years-to-life in state prison plus 17 years and eight months.
Originally, “Deputies from Lakewood Sheriff’s Station responded to the 16200 block of Cornuta Avenue, Bellflower regarding a gunshot victim at the location. Upon the deputies’ arrival they learned that Parker barged into the apartment of his estranged ex-girlfriend, Kenia Buckner. Suspect Parker pointed the gun at several of her family members before fatally shooting Kenia in front of two of their three children.”
The gunman fled on foot. Homicide detectives searched, to no avail. Two years later, the Mayor of Bellflower offered a $5K reward for information leading to Parker’s arrest.
On April 14th of 2019, Lakewood Station Deputies found and arrested, then booked the murder suspect at Lakewood Station. LA County Deputy DA Steven P. Schreiner prosecuted the case.
The jury convicted Parker of one count each of murder, possession of firearm by a felon, and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station added, “The jury also found true allegations that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, which caused great bodily injury and death to the murder victim and he was previously convicted of first-degree burglary, person present, in 2010.”