Man pleads guilty in neighbor’s death


A 49-year-old Mountain View man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of a neighbor.

In a deal with prosecutors, Walter Boyd Bremmer also pleaded guilty on Friday to use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony and domestic abuse. Sentencing is set for May 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Bremmer was originally charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in a felony and first-degree robbery for the January 2012 slaying of 52-year-old Robert John “Johnny” Leong, whose body was discovered on Jan. 28 in the back yard of his Palainui Avenue home “with some type of cord wrapped around his neck and tied to a floor joist of the residence,” documents state. Police say Leong also had multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

Bremmer and his girlfriend, Cynthia Villella, had been granted a temporary restraining order against Leong on Jan. 23, five days before Leong’s body was found by his landlord, Lloyd Dela Cruz, and three days before police believe the slaying occurred. Court documents state that Villella told police Bremmer had informed her he entered Leong’s home without permission and shot and strangled Leong.

 

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