Killer of SDSU student gets 4 years for ammunition charge

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LOS ANGELES — A sex offender convicted of killing a San Diego State University nursing student was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of ammunition, officials said.

Judge Craig Richman handed down the maximum sentence to John Steven Burgess, 40, the L.A. County district attorney’s office said. Police said they discovered the ammunition during an investigation into a Craigslist ad Burgess posted looking for roommates.

Burgess pleaded guilty in 2009 to involuntary manslaughter in the 2007 death of honor student Donna Jou, who he claimed died of a drug overdose. He said he panicked and dumped her body in the ocean “quite a ways” off the Southern California coast. It has never been found.


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