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St. Paul man charged with murdering, dismembering wife

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A St. Paul man has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder after he killed and dismembered his wife, the Pioneer Press reports.

Steven Roger Johnson shot and killed his wife during an argument on Jan. 6, then dismembered her body and hid the remains in a friend's garage. Johnson told police his wife, Manya Jewel Johnson, told him she was going to leave him and take their toddler son with her. He then drank two shots of vodka, and shot Manya with a gun he stole from her father.

Johnson dismembered Manya with supplies he bought from a local Menard's, and took the remains to his former prison-mate Nathan Schram's garage without his knowledge. Johnson called Schram and told him what he had done some time later.

Schram contacted authorities, who were already at Johnson's house with one of Manya's co-workers, questioning him about her whereabouts, the Huffington Post reports. Officers got the call that Manya's body had been discovered, and took Johnson into custody.

Johnson was sentenced to life in prison. He has already served time in prison for first-degree criminal sexual contact after he and two other men raped a Coon Rapids woman in 1996. He was released in 2008.

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