Lehigh Acres man sentenced to life in prison for murdering woman

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Eugene Johnson, 64, Credit: Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

The office of State Attorney Amira D. Fox reports Eugene Johnson, 64, of Lehigh Acres has been found guilty of of Second-Degree Murder for the murder of Alberta Harris and immediately sentenced to life in prison Friday.

Harris was originally reported missing in April 2016 by her family. Harris was a beloved bus driver in Lee County and the mother of six children.

Fort Myers Police Department investigated her disappearance and eventually discovered her body in a rural area of Hendry County. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement then took over the case.

Johnson was Harris’ boyfriend at the time. He was arrested in August 2016 for killing Harris, but he was released in September that year when the state failed to gather enough evidence linking him to her death.

In November, the state attorney’s office officially filed its charge in Hendry County.

Johnson was convicted of murder more than 30 years ago in Collier County for stabbing a former lover to death and served time in prison for that crime.

Deputy Chief Assistant State Attorney Abe Thornburg and Assistant State Attorney Sara Miller of of the homicide unit prosecuted the case.

Johnson remains Hendry County Jail.


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