Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering ex-girlfriend in Taylor Mill

Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 17:43:06-05

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. -- A judge sentenced a man to life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend in her Taylor Mill apartment in 2016, according to Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders.

Judge Gregory Bartlett sentenced Lamont Johnson, 41, to life in prison Friday for beating and strangling 34-year-old Trina Coleman to death. 

A jury recommended a life sentence for Johnson on Jan. 12. It was the first murder in Taylor Mill in almost 30 years, Chief Steve Knauf said.

When Coleman never showed up for work on Nov. 1, 2016, her family went to her apartment on Sharon Drive and found her body in the hallway. 

Det. Cyrus Harris headed the investigation that led to Johnson's arrest three days after Coleman’s murder. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can contact the KY Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 502-209-5382 or Women Helping Women at 513-381-5610.