A man pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder for strangling his wife in a Torrance hotel room shortly after he was paroled from state prison in a domestic violence case involving the 45-year-old woman.
Torrance Superior Court Judge Steven Van Sicklen is expected to sentence Steven Richard Miller to 24 years to life in state prison when the 41-year-old defendant returns to court April 18, according to Deputy District Attorney Lowrie Mendoza.
Blaza Renee Miller’s body was found June 20, 2011, in a third-floor room by employees at Extended Stay America at 3535 Torrance Blvd.
The woman was strangled with a cord.
Her husband — who had been paroled in March 2011 from state prison on a domestic violence case involving his wife — was arrested after surrendering to Fresno police on a parole violation for leaving Los Angeles County, according to the prosecutor.
He was charged with his wife’s murder in August 2011 and was scheduled for trial next month.
Authorities did not determine a motive for the attack.