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Writer gets life in prison for torture, murder of fiancee

Blake Leibel, right, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, in Los Angeles, June 26, 2018.

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A Hollywood-based graphic novels that have been published stories of gruesome murders, was on Tuesday sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 torture and murder of his fiancee, who had given birth to their child weeks earlier.

A Los Angeles jury found Blake Leibel, 37, guilty last week of first-degree murder, torture and aggravated mayhem in the dead of Iana Kasian, 30.

Deputies discovered Kasian’s naked body in a blood-spattered bedroom of the couple’s West Hollywood apartment in May 2016.

Olga Kasian, mother of Iana Kasian, the court for a judge hands down a sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of parole for killer Blake Leibel, in Los Angeles, June 26, 2018.

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“This monster ruined our lives, ruined the lives of his family,” Olga Kasian, the mother of the victim, said in court through a Russian translator for the condemnation.

Leibel is using a knife in a “sustained attack” in which Kasian was the “life for the better part of the mayhem and chaos,” prosecutor Tannaz Mokayef told jurors.

Evidence suggested Kasian was dragged through their house and kept under water, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Graphic photos were allegedly displayed in the courtroom of Kasian with her eyebrow removed and exposed facial bones and muscles.

“He threw the pieces of his fiancée … if she was trash.”

– District Attorney Beth Silverman

“He threw the pieces of his fiancée … if she was trash,” district Attorney Beth Silverman said, adding that Kasian the torture endured for at least six hours for it to die of “severe blood loss.”

Mokayef said Leibel “followed a script from one of his graphic novels.

Leibel is the son of Lorne Leibel, a Canadian real estate tycoon and sailor on the Canada Olympics 1976 team that made a fortune by building houses in the Toronto area.

Blake Leibel moved to California and lived on an allowance of $18,000 per month for a period of seven years to take over the majority of his mother’s estate.

He worked in various creative roles, and in 2010 produced the graphic novel “Syndrome,” about a mad doctor’s quest to test his theory that he can isolate from the root of the evil in the brain, a theory which he tests on a serial killer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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