An ex-con who fatally shot his 25-year-old girlfriend and dumped her body on a rural road at the north end of Moreno Valley pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder and was immediately sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison.
Cainen Cameron Chambers, 37, of Riverside admitted the murder count and a sentence-enhancing gun use allegation during his arraignment before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who imposed the sentence required by law.
Chambers killed Ciara Harrison last April.
He had been locked up at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in connection with a separate case since the time of her killing. Sheriff’s detectives spent seven months piecing together clues and putting together their case, which they submitted to the District Attorney’s Office earlier this month, culminating in the criminal complaint alleging murder.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, the victim was killed sometime on April 23, and her remains were dumped in the 9000 block of Box Springs Mountain Road near Pigeon Pass Road, where passersby discovered them and alerted deputies.
The circumstances and a possible motive for the attack were not disclosed. According to the prosecution, the defendant and Harrison had been dating for an unspecified period of time prior to her death.
On the day of the discovery, Chambers was arrested and jailed for child abuse and false imprisonment. He had been in custody awaiting disposition of that case when the murder charge was filed, according to court records. The abuse case was disposed as part of the plea before Magno.
Records show that Chambers has prior convictions for spousal abuse, witness intimidation, armed robbery and being in possession of controlled substances.