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Daughter sentenced to life in prison for mother's fatal stabbing on Christmas

Delila Sherwood Evans at her sentencing hearing on Thursday, April 5, 2018. (WDIV)
Delila Sherwood Evans at her sentencing hearing on Thursday, April 5, 2018. (WDIV)

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The daughter of a physically disabled woman who was stabbed to death in Clinton Township on Christmas was sentenced Thursday morning.

Delila Sherwood Evans was found guilty of first-degree murder but mentally ill. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in February. She was 17 years old at the time of the murder

Evans' mother, 45-year-old Sonia Riang, was bound to a wheelchair and was killed at the Washington Place Apartments on Christmas in 2016.

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The mother was stabbed multiple times. She was a mother of two children, ages 7 and 17.

Sources close to the investigation said the daughter has a history of domestic violence and had stabbed her 7-year-old brother in the past. Court records show the attack happened two months prior to the fatal stabbing and she was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors dropped the charges because her brother didn’t want to go forward with the case.

“She doesn’t understand anything,” Evan’s half-sister, Roseanna Evans, said. “Obviously she has a mental illness.”

Sources said the victim’s cousin found the body and called police.

Police found the teenage girl at a 7-Eleven in Fraser.

 Evans was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.