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Former CHP officer sentenced to 50 years for killing her husband


A former California Highway Patrol officer convicted in January of killing her husband was sentenced on Friday to 50 years to life in prison.

Tomiekia Johnson, 32, was sentenced to 25 years to life on separate charges of first-degree murder and for the use of a firearm causing great bodily injury. Johnson was also ordered to pay $7,500 to the victim's family in restitution.

Johnson was found guilty in the 2009 shooting death of Marcus Lemons. Johnson shot Lemons in the head during a heated altercation after the couple left a TGI Friday's restaurant in Compton.

During the sentencing, Johnson's attorney, Darryl A. Stallworth, argued for a new trial or a reduced verdict of manslaughter. 

"The type of mental state and the the evidence supports a hostile, combative, emotional and provocative exchange," Stallworth said according to court transcripts. 

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry denied the request, and gave Johnson the maximum sentencing.

The sentencing concludes a highly emotional case that involved allegations of domestic violence and anger management. Johnson collapsed under the defense table after the guilty verdict was read and was taken from the courtroom by paramedics.

After the sentencing was read, Johnson's mother yelled "I love you Tomiekia." The outburst led to a disagreement between Johnson's family and Lemons' family.


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Photo: Former CHP Officer Tomiekia Johnson, with her attorneys. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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