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Man sentenced to 30 years for murder of DC yoga teacher on Christmas Day

Duane Johnson pleaded guilty back in September to first degree felony murder for killing 30-year-old Tricia McCauley. (Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan Police Department)

The man who pleaded guilty to murdering a DC yoga teacher on Christmas Day was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday.

Duane Johnson pleaded guilty back in September to first degree felony murder for killing 30-year-old Tricia McCauley.

Johnson was caught driving McCauley's vehicle around D.C. with McCauley’s body inside on Tuesday, Dec. 27 after a man who was walking his dog spotted her vehicle and called police, according to officials.

McCauley went missing on Christmas Day in Northwest D.C. She was a yoga teacher in D.C. and also an actor who appeared in productions at the Washington Stage Guild and other theaters, as well as movies.

Prosecutors in the case said McCauley was sexually assaulted, strangled and murdered.

Johnson also made several purchases with McCauley's credit cards, which he claimed she said he could have, along with the rest of her possessions.

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