Minn. man charged in wife's dismemberment

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A St. Paul man accused of dismembering his wife pleaded guilty Friday as part of a plea deal.

Steven Roger Johnson pleaded guilty to first degree of murder. Johnson was previously charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, 32-year-old Manya Jewel Johnson.

As part of his plea deal, the second count of second degree murder was dropped. Johnson was sentenced to life, which he will begin serving immediately.

Charges allege Steven Johnson fatally shot and dismembered his wife in their home Jan. 6 after she said she planned to leave him and take their son. The complaint alleges Johnson placed her remains in plastic bins and stored them in a friend's garage in White Bear Lake.

The complaint says the friend alerted police after Johnson told him what he'd done.

Johnson addressed the court Friday and apologized. "I robbed my son of his mom and dad. I robbed her family of a daughter and sister," he said in court.

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