SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who killed a woman he had been dating and leaving her body in a Talmadge motel room pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder.
On the day his preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin, Stacey Ricardo Johnson admitted killing 47-year-old Candace Vursula Hamilton. In a separate case, Johnson pleaded guilty to assaulting a fellow inmate while in custody.
The 44-year-old defendant will be sentenced to 17 years to life in state prison at a hearing June 20.
Deputy District Attorney Marisa Di Tillio told a judge last year that Johnson and Hamilton checked into the motel in the 4900 block of El Cajon Boulevard the evening of June 1.
The manager found her body in the room the next day. Di Tillio said the victim was bound, gagged and suffocated, and Johnson's DNA was found at the crime scene.
Johnson, of San Diego, was already in custody on an unrelated crime when he was booked into jail Oct. 4.
Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was at its highest amount on Thanksgiving since 2013 Thursday, despite dropping for 10 consecutive days.
Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.