Man convicted of murder as teen re-sentenced

A man who was sentenced to two life terms for his role in a killing during a robbery when he was 16 has been re-sentenced and will be free soon.

A Superior Court judge who sentenced Lawrence Johnson in the 1995 slaying of Thomas Smith handed down a new sentence of 20 years on Tuesday. His lawyer tells the News Journal that Johnson, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be released to lower levels of custody and is expected to be on supervised probation in six months.

According to testimony, Johnson, now 34, was the lookout during the robbery of Smith's Wilmington gun shop. Two men are serving life sentences for Smith's slaying.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year barred states from imposing life sentences on juveniles without parole.






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