Man gets 11 years for killing the mother of five of his children

A man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing the mother of five of his seven children.

Leo Johnson, 54, avoided a murder trial by pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 2006 stabbing death of Erica Fowler.

Johnson wiped away tears as Justice Renae McKay pronounced his sentence.

Three of the victim’s daughters were in court to support their father.

Johnson finally took responsibility for his actions when he entered his plea on February 11, almost 14 years after he killed Fowler in front of their children and her mother.

Johnson confronted Fowler, 34, at her home in Golden Gates on August 19, 2006.

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

Johnson fled the scene but surrendered at the Cable Beach Police Station the following day.

Johnson was released on bail pending trial on October 13, 2007.

When Johnson addressed the court during his sentencing hearing last week, he said he regretted his actions and wished he could “go back in time and undo that”.

Johnson’s lawyer, Crystal Rolle, had asked the court to consider imposing probation. Rolle said that Johnson has apologized to his children and had supported them financially.

Prosecutor Kristan Stubbs called for an 18-year sentence due to the brutal nature of the crime and that the deceased was defenseless.

McKay said that a prison sentence was appropriate.

The 11-year sentence takes effect from the date of Johnson’s guilty plea.

The sentence will be deducted by the year and two months that Johnson spent on remand.

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Artesia Davis

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

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