SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Milwaukie man has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of a 55-year-old woman.
Derek Tyler Johnson, 40, pleaded guilty this week to the first-degree murder of Robin Stender, as well as charges of burglary, robbery and abuse of a corpse, The Statesman Journal reported.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Stender’s home in Jefferson on April 20, 2019, and found Johnson behind the wheel of his car, ready to leave.
Deputies found Stender’s body on the backseat floor of his vehicle.
They later discovered a window of her home had been broken and the screen was removed.
A state Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy determined Stender died from blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.
Although Johnson was listed as a Milwaukie resident, previous court records list his address as less than a mile from Stender’s home.
Johnson has an extensive criminal history stretching back to 2001. He faces a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
Stender’s obit says she cared deeply about women’s, victims’ and animal rights. She always lived in the Salem area, attended Oregon State University and worked for the Oregon Department of Justice as a legal researcher and paralegal for 25 years.