Teen sentenced for East County stabbing death

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EL CAJON, Calif. — A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon in the gang-related stabbing death of an El Cajon resident was sentenced Monday to 14 years in state prison.

Francisco Gabriel Meza was originally charged with murder in the Dec. 12, 2017, slaying of 19-year-old Kyle Khamphan.

Meza’s co-defendant, Luis Mondragon Pedroza, who turned 20 last Friday, is awaiting a June murder trial.

A third person, then 17 years old, was also arrested on “homicide- related charges” in connection with the stabbing, according to police, but his status within the juvenile justice system was unclear. His name was not released due to his age at the time of the crime.

Khamphan was driven in a private vehicle to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa following a fight in the 700 block of East Park Avenue, but was declared dead on arrival of stab wounds to his upper body, police said. When officers arrived at the scene of the fight, all combatants had fled, but officers later located an injured 17-year-old who was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The detectives tracked down Pedroza the following week, pulling over a sedan on the shoulder of state Route 125 near Grossmont Boulevard in La Mesa, where he was arrested and an unidentified woman was detained, police said.

Meza and the unidentified 17-year-old were arrested later that night.

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