Utah woman gets 16-years-to-life for stabbing girlfriend to death

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WEBER COUNTY, Utah – A woman who pleaded guilty to stabbing her girlfriend to death while driving on the freeway has been sentenced to 16-years-to-life Tuesday.

Victoria Mendoza, 22, told authorities that she got into an argument with 21-year-old Tawnee Baird on I-15 back on Oct. 14, 2014.

Mendoza said she “lost it,” pulled out a knife on her girlfriend, stabbing Baird more than 40 times.

Mendoza was charged with first-degree murder in Oct. 2014.

The couple lived in Holladay and was traveling to Ogden to meet friends.



    I’d have to agree with Mendoza when she said she “lost it”. Stabbing her girlfriend more than 40 times would to appear to be a little overkill. (Pun intended.)

  • Cin

    Victoria has a support system and she has family here for her, she doesn’t deserve life in prison because a lot of facts were held out from the media and from the Baird family. Facts like Tawnee was also a heavy drug user and an abuser towards Victoria. Mentally, emotionally and psychically. People do not know the entire story about the history in regards to these two girls and how they were between one another. Yes Victoria made the ultimate mistake, but she wasn’t lead to this situation by herself. Tawnee was by her side the entire time abusing Victoria as well though out the five years of their relationship. The family mentioned how they took Victoria in as one of their own, but failed to mention that Tawnee lived with Victoria’s mom for three years due to the drug and psychical abuse Tawnee’s mother was displaying in Tawnee’s household, towards Tawnee and Tawnee didn’t feel safe there anymore. There are always two sides to EVERY story.

    • Lauren Hopson

      Even if what you say is true, Tawnee didn’t stab Victoria 46 times and murder her. She deserves to have life in prison because she took someone’s life. The better decision would be to seek help and get out of the relationship. Murder is not a solution or an excuse.

    • Ashley

      Cindy, I am a survivor of an abusive relationship physically and mentally for 10 years. The abuser was also doing heavy drugs (I was not) and I can tell you never once did I ever think murder was an option. He tried to kill me and still murder was never an option for me. It took me ten years to get the courage to leave with my two children. How dare you use abuse as an excuse for her poor judgment. How dare you respond to this in a manor of straight disrespect to this poor girls family and her name. How dare you try and make excuses for her actions. Abuse is a very debilitating thing, however murder is never an answer. I am praying for both families involved.


      No honey, there is only one side to this story. The murderer had a jealousy hissy fit and chose to take another human being’s life. There are no excuses that can justify murder, and this killer is going to find that out when she gets her first chance at a parole hearing. My guess is that it will be at least 20 years.

    • DAN GRAY

      If your girlfriend is abusing you wouldn’t it be smart to dump her and get a new girlfriend? And why the need to stab your lover 46 times when once or twice really should have been enough to do the trick.

      My sympathies to the poor coroner who had to count all those stab wounds and not miss any.

  • The Write Brain

    Hey, what are friends for? If you can’t stab a friend, who are you supposed to stab? At any rate, I’m sure the friends they were going to visit that evening have somewhat a sense of relief. After all, they may have ordered the wrong pizza, and that, my friends could have brought out the ax!


    This story reminds me of Lizzy Borden who was tried and acquitted for the 1892 axe murders of her father and her stepmother. The poem goes: “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done she gave her father forty-one.


    I wonder if Victoria Mendoza realizes that her 16-years-to-life sentence will be the guidelines the board of parole starts with in deciding when her first parole hearing will be. She could very very easily wait 20 years for her FIRST hearing. If the victim’s father is still alive he will be there to argue against her release.

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