Pomona – Alexander Anthony Clever was sentenced to life in prison without parole after the murder of his girlfriend, Yvette Silva, in 2014.
On Nov. 29, 2014, Clever and Silva were heard arguing in their motel bathroom, according to Michael Matoba, the Deputy District Attorney who prosecuted the case.
Two of the victim’s friends, who were also inside the motel, tried to intervene as soon as they heard muffle screaming coming from the bathroom. Inside, Clever held Silva in a chokehold as she lay unconscious, Matoba said. Unable to free Silva from Clever, the two witnesses went to find help.
When Pomona deputies arrived, they found Silva in the shower with her right lung and heart removed. Police determined that Silva was alive when her lung was cut out of her body.
Two days after the event, Clever was arrested outside his home where police found the knife that was linked to Silva’s murder inside.
Clever admitted to torturing Silva before ultimately killing her and pleaded to one count of first-degree murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.