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Pasadena man sentenced for domestic violence killing of ex-girlfriend

A Pasadena man was sentenced July 12 to 26 years to life in state prison for killing the mother of his two children, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

Jose Roberto Turner, 49, was found guilty June 19 of one count of first-degree murder in the death of Lajoya Kamiel McCoy, 31. The special allegation also found true that Turner used a rope to commit the crime.

On June 10, 2015, Turner strangled and stabbed McCoy, according to evidence presented at trial.

Family members reported McCoy missing June 12, 2015, after she did not show up for some appointments, according to law enforcement officials. 

McCoy’s body was found June 16 inside her vehicle, which was parked in Monrovia, prosecutors said. 

Before McCoy’s death, Turner had threatened the woman’s life over child custody issues, according to prosecutors. 

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

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