Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Half-Brother's Death

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 7:02 AM EDT
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A man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his half-brother during a confrontation has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

In November, Cornelius Keith Johnson, 24, of Baltimore pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Andrew Johnson, 25. He was sentenced Monday.

Prosecutors say that on Nov. 13, 2011, Cornelius Johnson's father got into an argument with Andrew "Drew" Johnson in front of Mo’s Seafood Factory in Glen Burnie, and that during the altercation Cornelius Johnson shot his half-brother.

The Capital of Annapolis reports:

Prosecutors painted a picture of sibling rivalry between the half-brothers, who share a mother, Sylvia Johnson, and have been friends since middle school.

The rivalry, they said, began after Drew sparked a romantic relationship with Ashley Smith, the mother of Cornelius' now 8-year-old son, just months before the killing.

...Defense attorney Margaret Mead said Cornelius was not upset about the relationship and attributed any strife with Drew to [Cornelius' father father, Mitchell Lee Crowley Gresham] Gresham

 

Johnson was given credit for the 448 days hes served since his arrest. He will receive five years' probation after his release.

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