Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty to Girlfriend’s 2020 Murder and Burial

New Haven, CT – A man from New Haven, Connecticut, pleaded guilty this week to the disappearance and killing of his longtime girlfriend in 2020. Jonnathan Jara-Aucapina, 30, entered the plea before Judge Gerald L. Harmon, admitting to the charge of murder. According to New Haven Judicial District State’s Attorney John P. Doyle, Jr., Jara-Aucapina faces a total of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in New Haven Superior Court on April 2.

The case involves the disappearance of Lizzbeth Aleman-Popoca, Jara-Aucapina’s longtime girlfriend and mother of his daughter. It all started on July 3, 2020, when Jara-Aucapina reported her missing. However, the investigation later revealed that he had actually killed her and buried her in a shallow grave behind a restaurant in Branford, where he worked part-time.

Aleman-Popoca was last seen between June 30 and July 1, 2020, and her body was discovered by authorities two weeks later. Jara-Aucapina was spotted purchasing tools at a local Home Depot before burying her in the victim’s vehicle at the restaurant.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Jara-Aucapina had fabricated a story to deceive family and law enforcement, claiming that Aleman-Popoca had run off. He was eventually apprehended on Dec. 27, 2020.

Doyle expressed condolences to the friends and family of Aleman-Popoca, acknowledging the deep pain caused by the senseless crime. He also commended the investigative efforts of the East Haven Police Department, the Connecticut State Police, and the FBI in bringing Jara-Aucapina to justice.