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Pomona man pleads no contest to torture slaying of girlfriend

A Pomona man pleaded no contest July 25 to first-degree murder in the death of his 35-year-old girlfriend at a motel in 2014, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Alexander Anthony Clever, 28, also admitted the special circumstance allegations of mayhem and torture. 

On Nov. 29, 2014, Clever and his girlfriend Yvette Silva, along with two other people, went to a Pomona motel. Clever and Silva went into a bathroom and argued, prosecutors said. 

The other people tried to intervene after they heard screaming and saw Clever choking Silva. They tried to free Silva and then went to get help, prosecutors added.

Police found Silva in the shower wither her heart and her right lung removed from her body. She was alive when her lung was cut from her body, according to prosecutors. 

Two days later, Clever was arrested outside of his house. He had a knife that later tested positive for Silva's DNA, according to the district attorney's office. 

Clever is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 19, when he is expected to receive life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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