Q: A few years ago, a young female student’s body was found in Van Maren Park in Citrus Heights. What is the status of this case? Was anyone arrested?
A: Anton Adolf Johnson Jr., 23, was sentenced in October to 40 years to life in prison for the death of 17-year-old Rebecca Layson in February 2010.
Johnson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case.
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According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, authorities said Layson went to Van Maren Park with friends the night of Feb. 11, 2010. All of the friends left later in the evening except for Layson, her boyfriend and Johnson. When Layson’s boyfriend became incapacitated due to alcohol, Johnson raped, tortured and killed her, prosecutors said. He then hid her mutilated body with bushes and weeds.
Johnson currently is incarcerated at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.