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Man finally admits killing mother of five

A man who killed his girlfriend in front of her family almost 14 years ago finally admitted his crime yesterday.

Originally charged with murder, Leo Johnson, 54, entered a plea to manslaughter in the August 19, 2006 death of Erica Fowler when he appeared before Justice Renae McKay.

Johnson confronted Fowler, 34, at her home in Golden Gates.

During the row that ensued he dragged her out of the house, slashed her throat and stabbed her about the body.

The vicious attack was witnessed by four of the couple’s five children and Fowler’s mother.

Johnson fled the scene in a black Sentra but surrendered to police the following day.

Johnson’s lawyer, Crystal Rolle, said that he was remorseful and asked the court to consider probation instead of a prison sentence.

In 2016, Johnson tried and failed to end his prosecution by filing a constitutional motion alleging that he could not get a fair trial due to the delay.

Prosecutor Kristan Stubbs asked the court to impose a sentence of 18 years’ imprisonment.

Johnson returns to court for sentencing on February 18.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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