A former PCC student has been sentenced to the maximum prison term for killing his girlfriend and storing her body in a trash can filled with kitty litter.
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A former PCC student has been sentenced to the maximum prison term for killing his girlfriend and storing her body in a trash can filled with kitty litter.

Isaac Campbell was sentenced Monday to 11 years in prison after being convicted last month of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend Liya Liu, both former PCC nursing students.

“I recommended the maximum on voluntary manslaughter,” District Attorney Steve Ipson said after the sentencing. “I estimate he will get out around May 2017.”

Ipson added that Campbell’s conduct in prison may affect the length of time he serves. Ipson expects an appeal to be filed.

Judge Stan Blumenfeld also sentenced Campbell to two years for possession of marijuana and three for transportation of marijuana. The sentences are to be served concurrently. Campbell has been in custody since December 2007, and has about five years served.

Campbell’s first trial in 2011 ended in a 10-2 verdict that resulted in a hung jury after no cause of death could be found because of the mummification by the cat litter.

Ipson argued that Campbell killed Liu with a martial arts chokehold after a heated argument in his apartment. According to testimony from a neighbor, there was loud fighting then a loud noise, then silence.

Campbell may also been ordered to pay restitution, this is to be determined at a hearing on August 31.

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