Osa Alohaneke was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Jan. 22 after a jury convicted him of murder just days earlier.
The 59-year-old Nigerian man was charged with stabbing and killing Evelyne Epiepang in her Southwest Houston home in 2015.
Amanda Bolin, Fort Bend County’s Chief Family Violence Prosecutor, said Epiepang called the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office on April 8, 2015, around 5 p.m. to report that her ex-boyfriend, Alohaneke, had been threatening to kill her and she wanted him out of her house. Alohaneke left, but sheriff’s deputies took a report from Epiepang before she left to stay with her friend, Veronica. Around 7 p.m., Epiepang learned that Alohaneke had returned to her home and was banging on the front door. Epiepang again called the sheriff’s office for their assistance. Before deputies arrived, Epiepang and Veronica returned to Epiepang’s home because they thought Alohaneke had left.
As the women entered the front door of the home, Alohaneke appeared behind them, came inside, and locked the front door. An argument ensued and Alohaneke pulled a knife from under his shirt. Alohaneke first attacked Veronica, cutting her face and stabbing her so hard on the arm that it fractured a bone. He then turned his focus to Epiepang and stabbed her over 30 times. At some point, Epiepang managed to again call 911. That call recorded her screams and pleas as she died. After killing Epiepang, Alohaneke told Veronica to go ahead and call the sheriff because he had “completed his mission.”
Deputies arrived and found Alohaneke in the front yard with his hands covered in blood and on the phone with his attorney. A DNA expert testified at trial that the blood on the defendant’s hands contained a mixture of his own DNA and the DNA of Epiepang. At the time of trial, Alohaneke had a pending prostitution charge in Harris County. An undercover HPD officer testified during the punishment phase that the defendant had offered to pay for sex in December 2014 while driving Epiepang’s vehicle. Jurors also heard testimony from Epiepang’s younger brother, who showed them photographs of a beautiful home in Cameroon, Africa, that Epiepang had been building for their aging parents.
“Alohaneke was on a mission of pain and devastation – a massacre,” said Bolin. “I cannot reinforce enough how important it is for victims to stay away and call the police because of how quickly things can escalate.”
Alohaneke was tried in the 400th District Court before Presiding Judge Maggie Jaramillo. Murder is a first-degree felony punishable by 5-99 years, or life, in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Under Texas law, Alohaneke must serve half of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
Assistant district attorneys Bolin and Lauren Valenti prosecuted the case. Attorney Eric Ashford represented the defendant.