A man who strangled his girlfriend to death and then burned her body inside a car on a San Francisco street was found guilty this week of murder and arson, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
A San Francisco jury Tuesday found Almon Johnson, 33, guilty of murdering his girlfriend and the mother of his child, 23-year-old Vanessa Herrera. Prosecutors said Johnson physically victimized Herrera and their child on numerous occasions before his arrest.
“This is an incredibly tragic death that reminds us that domestic violence is a cycle,” said District Attorney George Gascon.
On Jan. 24, 2011, according to court records, Sacramento resident Johnson choked Herrera to death. He then drove around with her dead body in his car. After taking the body to his mother’s house, Johnson took it to his cousin’s residence, where he retrieved a gas can and a yellow blanket he covered the body with.
After buying gas, Johnson drove to San Francisco.
A witness testified Johnson set the car on fire at Rose and Webster streets in the early morning hours of Jan. 24. The witness said Johnson pulled the car into Rose Alley and took the gas can from the trunk. After setting it inside the car, Johnson put the can in the driver’s seat and lit it with a match. The car was soon ablaze.
When police arrived, they found Herrera’s burned body inside the car. Soon after they reviewed a missing person’s report from The Sacramento Police Department.
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