A 71-year-old man convicted of murdering his roommate in 2020 and sexually assaulting another woman that had just moved into their assisted-living home in West Long Beach has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, authorities said.
Kerry Johnson was sentenced April 18 after a jury last month found him guilty of one count of first-degree murder, along with the special allegation that he committed the murder while engaging in the act of sodomy, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Johnson was also found guilty of one count of sodomy against a separate victim, according to the DA’s Office, for which a judge also sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison.
Prosecutors say that before Johnson killed his 66-year-old roommate on June 3, 2020, he sexually assaulted another woman that had just moved into the facility in the 1800 block of West 25th Street that day. But the woman’s caregivers didn’t report the crime until after Johnson’s roommate was found dead, prosecutors said.
When the 66-year-old’s body was found, officers determined “suspicious circumstances” surrounding her death, prompting homicide detectives to respond to the investigation.
Authorities later determined Johnson’s roommate had been sexually assaulted and suffered major trauma to the upper body before her death and identified Johnson as the suspect.
Johnson, who was already in custody at the time on suspicion of violating parole for a previous conviction, was charged with sexually assaulting and murdering his roommate, along with sexually assaulting his neighbor.
Johnson has been jailed without bail ever since his arrest in 2020.