A California man with a history of violent crime was sentenced on Sept. 11 to 113 years to life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend.
Michael "Chicken Mike" Jerome Parks, also known as Michael McTizic, had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on June 20, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Parks, 48, shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, 33-year-old G'Teasha Elayne Fisher, on Sept. 7, 2016, after telling her to meet him at his uncle's house in Pacoima.
Deputy District Attorney Ani Bailey said Parks strangled and stabbed Fisher before shooting her in the head.
The couple had recently split up, according to evidence presented at Parks' trial.
Following the murder, Parks fled to Las Vegas, where he was eventually arrested and extradited back to Los Angeles. He has been in jail since his arrest, held on $6 million bail.
Parks has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 1985. According to a criminal complaint, his previous convictions include robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine base for sale.
Two months before he murdered Fisher, Parks allegedly repeatedly rammed his vehicle into another car that contained a man and Parks' 5-year-old son. He was charged with six felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Those charges are still pending.
According to the Law Offices of Randy Collins, evidence suggests domestic violence occurs at a higher frequency in California than it does nationally.
A recent National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey concluded that 32.9 percent of women living in California have been the victims of violence, sexual violence or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lives, compared to roughly 25 percent of women nationally.
That means more than 4.5 million California women have experienced domestic violence.
Meanwhile, a survey carried out by California Women's Health found that 40 percent of women living in California have been victimized by domestic violence at some point in their lives.
It further concluded that women between the ages of 18 and 29 were the most likely to experience domestic violence. Moreover, non-white women and women of low incomes reported higher rates of intimate partner violence than white women and women with higher incomes.
The California Women's Health survey also found that women who graduated from a four-year college or university were less likely to suffer from domestic violence than women with high school diplomas.