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Virginia man found guilty in ex-girlfriend’s strangulation

Jurors resumed deliberations Friday afternoon to determine the sentence for Johnson. The murder...
Jurors resumed deliberations Friday afternoon to determine the sentence for Johnson. The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.(Source: Mitchell Haindfield / CC BY 2.0 via MGN)
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 3:15 PM EDT
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A jury found a Virginia man guilty on Friday of strangling his ex-girlfriend almost four years in front of the couple’s young toddlers.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports Lamont Johnson was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Bellamy Gamboa in July 2018.

The jury also convicted Johnson of two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for leaving the couple’s 20-month-old toddlers home alone while he disposed of Gamboa’s body.

Jurors resumed deliberations Friday afternoon to determine the sentence for Johnson. The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

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