A rival between two women spilled into the strip club and ended with murder. According to the Oregon Live, Rinita Linell Lowe was sentenced to 15 years in prison for stabbing and killing a rival in the neck at Club Skinn in Portland.
The incident took place on on June 15, 2016 at 11:30 PM. Lowe and the victim, Shantina Turner, were seen arguing. Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer said that they had a longstanding problematic relationship, and they knew each other since childhood. It's unclear what the two women were fighting about. A witness described a skirmish and said Lowe punched Turner. A bouncer tried to separate the women, but Lowe ended up stabbing the victim three times in the neck.
Lowe, who was 23 at the time, had a knife that she kept in her purse. The victim was 29 at the time. As the New York Post shared, Lowe was a dancer at Tommy Too's strip club. She came to Club Skinn after finishing her shift.
Following the incident, Lowe left the strip club. She was reportedly caught at a nearby store, and authorities said that the knife used in the crime was found in the store’s parking lot, according to Fox12.
Lowe went on to tell authorities several versions of what transpired. She allegedly claimed that Turner started a fight with her at her place of work. She also said Turner choked her.
Lowe’s defense attorney, Jason Steen, said that surveillance video showed that Turner did choke Lowe, reported Oregon Live. He also added that Turner had a violent past and had previously slashed another person’s face with a knife.
Lowe eventually copped to the crime in a confession. Originally, she was charged with murder. In December, she pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.
“I apologize for my actions,” said Lowe during sentencing. She said she didn't mean to kill Turner.
Turner's mother spoke out following the sentencing.
“I’m hurt ... forever hurt,” she said. The victim's father blamed Lowe for not being more remorseful.
“I have yet to see Ms. Lowe even look at me,” he said. “I’m the father of the girl that you killed.”
[Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office]
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