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Siblings sentenced for slaying in landlord-tenant dispute

A brother an sister convicted of murder in a landlord-tenant dispute have been sentenced to prison.

Monterio Roberts was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in prison and his sister, Monica Njoku, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. A jury in October convicted the two of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of Edward White. The jury also found that Roberts used a deadly weapon.

Njoku owned a house in the 1800 block of Stevenson Avenue in south Sacramento County, which she rented to single parents with dependents. On Nov. 16, 2014, she demanded that a female tenant and the tenant’s baby immediately leave the house. White, who was also a tenant, protested and told Njoku she had to give the tenant at least a three-day notice, which led to a heated argument.

Njoku called her brother, Roberts, and her sister-in-law to come to the house. Roberts threatened White and Njoku began harassing the female tenant, authorities said. When White call 911, Njoku locked White’s 2-year-old son out of the house.

Roberts then pulled out a switch blade knife and attacked White, and Njoku and her sister-in-law jumped into the fight. White was stabbed three times in the torso. Authorities said he died at a hospital from internal bleeding.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy