Opelika Teen Gets 50 Years for Shooting Man in Back

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - An Opelika teenager convicted of shooting a man in the back has been sentenced to 50 years in prison and ordered to pay thousands in fines.

At a hearing Thursday, Judge John Denson ordered 17-year-old Andrew "Man-Man" Johnson to pay restitution and $15,000 in fines. A jury found Johnson guilty in February of shooting Cornelleus Wright in the pre-dawn hours of Thanksgiving 2006.

He was 16 at the time of the shooting but was charged as an adult.

The defense argued during the trial that it wasn't Johnson who shot Wright, but Johnson's brother. Johnson said he was sorry and asked the judge to be as lenient as possible, but Denson said the teen received a fair trial.

A defense attorney said the conviction will be appealed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Leah Location: Malvern on Apr 28, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    Yet, you can rape someone and get out in five years?! Rape should be tried as murder "you morons!" -- its forever taking the life away of the victim(s). Their life will NEVER be the same.....50 years for attempted murder and five for rape?! Something is wrong somewhere.
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