- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man convicted in the 2010 fatal stabbing of a massage parlor owner has been sentenced to death.

James Clayton Johnson was sentenced Wednesday, more than a month after jurors found him guilty of first-degree murder, burglary and kidnapping in connection with the slaying of Xiaohong Fu at her Taiwan Massage Parlor in Mesa.

Officers responded to the business on Dec. 7, 2010, to find it ransacked. The victim, her wrists bound with zip ties, had been stabbed repeatedly.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery described the crime as “the vicious slaughter of an innocent woman.”

Investigators linked Johnson to the crime through blood found on the zip ties. His truck also matched the one seen on surveillance video.

Johnson also pleaded guilty to armed robbery at a Christmas tree lot five days after the murder.

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