Crime & Justice

LA driver gets 30-to-life for killing woman, fetus

A driver who struck and killed a pregnant woman during a scuffle in South Los Angeles has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

Unique Bishop was sentenced Tuesday for the second-degree murder of Shontae Blanche and her 19-week-old fetus.

Bishop apologized to Blanche's mother and said the 2007 killing was an accident.

Prosecutors say Bishop and another woman had been feuding over a man and confronted each other at a gas station, where a general scuffle erupted between two groups of women.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Blanche was in the crowd and the enraged Bishop struck, dragged and killed her while driving away.

Bishop's lawyer, Peter Giannini, argued that his client was hit in the head and was dizzy as she tried to flee after the fight.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.