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Man serving 16-years-to-life sentence for 2008 stabbing of USC student

A 32-year-old man is serving a 16-years-to-life sentence for the killing of a USC cinema student in September 2008.

Early on Sept. 18, 2008, prosecutors said, USC student Bryan Richard Frost, 23, and two friends had been out drinking. As the men walked through the University Park neighborhood, they passed by a sliding gate of an apartment complex. Frost slammed it shut, prosecutors said.

Travion Terrett Ford, who was visiting his mother’s apartment, heard the slam and confronted Frost about the noise, according to court testimony. The two then got into an argument and began to fight, prosecutors said. 

After Frost pinned Ford on the ground, Ford broke free and got a knife from his mother's apartment, prosecutors added. He returned and stabbed Frost in the chest, according to evidence presented at trial.  

Frost, an Idaho native and former West Point cadet, was taken to a hospital where he died at 2:37 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

On Oct., 29, 2009, Ford, who had been an usher at USC football games, was sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison. Ford had been convicted of second-degree murder on Sept. 1, 2009.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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