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March 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM

40-year sentence for 2010 murder of Des Moines woman

Jennifer Walstrand

Jennifer Walstrand

A man who repeatedly stabbed and beat a 28-year-old woman as she begged for her life in August 2010 was sentenced this morning to 40 years in prison.

Daniel Threadgill, 24, a club promoter who also worked in a cellphone-sales kiosk in the Tacoma Mall, was convicted of first-degree murder last month.

Threadgill killed Jennifer Walstrand at the behest of Araya McMillon, a woman he was working with, prosecutors said. McMillon and Walstrand were next-door neighbors in a Des Moines triplex and both women worked as prostitutes, according to prosecutors.

McMillon, 22, was allegedly jealous of the money Walstrand was making and angry Walstrand had ratted her out to their pimp, who viciously beat McMillon as a result.

Walstrand suffered 63 stab wounds and many of her teeth were kicked out during the attack inside her Des Moines home late on the night of Aug. 30 and into the early hours of Aug. 31, 2010, according to the criminal charges

“In 12 years on the bench, this is the most horrific and cruel case I have ever seen,” King County Superior Court Judge Cheryl Carey said during Threadgill’s sentencing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

McMillon was initially charged with first-degree murder, but later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder as part of a plea agreement. She testified against Threadgill and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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