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Man pleads guilty to strangling ex-girlfriend over child support

April 6, 2012 |  9:17 am

A Garden Grove man faces 15 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to strangling his ex-girlfriend to death after she asked for money to care for their 8-year-old daughter, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Arturo Tapia Salazar, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of second-degree murder, according to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors say Salazar was living in an apartment with family members in October 2010 when he got a visit from his ex-girlfriend, Cristina Ramirez, 52. The two got into an argument when Ramirez asked for money to help support their child.

Salazar “then hit and beat the victim and then murdered her by strangling her to death,” prosecutors said in a statement.

Officials say Salazar’s family called 911, and he was arrested at the Garden Grove apartment. Authorities say Ramirez died at the scene due to strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.

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-- Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

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