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Angle Receives 65 Years In Stabbing Death Of Lauren Kahn

Last updated on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - Michael Angle Jr. was sentenced to 65 years Monday in the 2011 stabbing death of Lauren Kahn.

A jury found Angle guilty of voluntary manslaughter and murder committed during the commission of a robbery on September 6th.

Angle told jurors he remembered walking into the Garden of Eden the night he stabbed Kahn to death and that he left the store. But he blanked out what happened inside, and "came to" with a bloody knife in his hand and a dying woman at his feet.

Angle told jurors he went to the South Walnut Street adult entertainment store the night of Nov. 14, 2011 to look at merchandise, with no intent to rob or kill.

Angle stabbed Kahn more than 20 times; he told police she uttered the words "no more" during the brutal attack. He ran from the store, and threw his Gerber folding knife into the street before fleeing in his mother's minivan.

Kahn's last words were recorded on her 911 call for help.

"My name is Lauren Kahn. ... I'm at the Garden of Eden. I've just been attacked. I'm bleeding. He stabbed me. I'm bleeding," the 47-year-old told the dispatcher who took the call, who asked where she had been stabbed. "Everywhere. I can't move. Please hurry. Please hurry. ... Please hurry. I'm gonna die."

Kahn was bleeding heavily from deep stab wounds and barely breathing when Bloomington police officer Jeff Rees responded to the store

He tried to save Kahn's life, but it was too late. She had multiple stab wounds to her torso and chest, and deep cuts to her neck.

Two mental health experts were the final witnesses in Angle's trial in Monroe Circuit Court.

Psychologist Mark Hickman testified that Angle was temporarily insane when he killed Kahn and that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from his U.S. Army training.

Angle was never deployed for combat because of a back injury suffered in basic training. He spent two years stationed in Louisiana before getting a medical discharge in August 2011, three months before the killing.

Another psychiatrist who examined Angle countered Hickman's diagnosis and testified that Angle was sane and aware of what he was doing when he killed Kahn.

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