The Cameron Johnson-McCann murder case is a step closer to reaching it’s ending after Johnson-McCann pled guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder for the murder of Michael Dufour.

Johnson-McCann, age 40, also pled guilty to sexual exploitation of a child, for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Second-degree murder is a class two felony, while the pornography charges are a class three felony. “The defendant faces a sentence of up to 35 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,” said the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office in a press release late Wednesday night.

Johnson-McCann’s sentencing is scheduled for Monday, November 4, at 9 a.m. at the Las Animas District Court in Trinidad.

Case history

Johnson-McCann was first arrested in February of 2018, when Trinidad Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations entered his residence at Western Apartments investigating him for computer crimes. During a search of the apartment a body was found decomposing in a plastic tote. That body was later identified as Michael Dufour, age 45.

Police pursued a yearlong investigation with Johnson-McCann in Las Animas County Jail on the child pornography charges and later issued arrest warrants related to the murder and other felonies on February 19, 2019, just over a year after discovering Dufour’s body.

A full list of those charges included: Murder in the second degree, identity theft, theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, with McCann stealing and profiting from Dufour’s identity after murdering him.  

In their release Wednesday, the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office recognized Trinidad Police Detective Sgt. Jennifer Lay and Captain Daniel Duran as lead officers on the case and acknowledged attorneys Cynthia Kowert, Matt Holmes and Patrick Frye as lead prosecutors.

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