WOODBURY, NJ MAY 24, 2016--Richard Santiago , age 64, was found guilty today of murder in the December 2012 fatal stabbing of 54-year-old Woodbury resident Ramona Johnstone, who had been a prosecution witness in Santiago’s trial for the stabbing death of a friend of Johnstone’s in 2004.
Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson revoked Santiago’s $1 million bail and set sentencing for 6/24. Santiago has been in jail in default of bail since his arrest.
In summing up what she had presented over five days of trial, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Laurie Cimino, chief of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s grand jury section, told the jury revenge for his conviction in the 2004 death of 44-year-old Richard King was Santiago’s motive for killing Johnstone.
Santiago was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter in the 12/12/04 fatal stabbing of King outside Johnstone’s Woodbury apartment, in the same complex where Santiago was living. Sentenced in 2006 to nine years in prison, he was released 5/6/12, and was living with a sister in Camden.
Johnstone was found unconscious in her apartment on 12/17/12. She had multiple knife wounds