On Monday, a man pleaded no contest to the murder of his girlfriend at a motel in Pomona two years ago, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The man, 28-year-old Alexander Anthony Clever of Pomona, faces one felony count of first-degree murder. He also confirmed the special circumstance allegations that he was exceptionally reckless and tortured his girlfriend while committing the act.
Clever and his girlfriend, 35-year-old Yvette Silva, went with two other companions to a motel on the 2400 block of Garey Avenue in Pomona on November 29, 2014. He and Silva then entered the room bathroom to argue. The companions went to placate the argument when they heard muffled screaming coming from the bathroom and saw Clever holding Silva in a suffocating chokehold. Silva was unconscious. After attempting to make Clever release Silva, the companions sought help from the police.
When police from the Pomona Police Department arrived on the scene, they discovered Silva in the room shower, her heart and right lung apparently cut out from her body. The prosecution, led by Deputy District Attorney Michael Matoba of the Victim Impact Program, argued that Silva was also alive after her lung was removed.
The police found and arrested Clever at his home, where they located a knife that afterward tested positive for Silva’s DNA.
Clever is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole on September 19.