Edison Johnson free on time served after manslaughter plea

53 year old Edison Johnson was accused of killing two men who he caught in the act burglarizing his home. Johnson pleaded guilty to vlcsnap-2016-02-11-09h48m42s438vlcsnap-2016-02-11-09h48m29s000manslaughter, the lesser charge to murder, but is tonight a free man. Johnson was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment but with deductions for his guilty plea, assisting the police, and removal of time served on remand,  Justice Herbert Lord in the Orange Walk Supreme Court yesterday said that Johnson has already served his full time.. Johnson’s sentences were ordered to run concurrently with each other. Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold said Justice Lord’s various deductions reduced the concurrent sentence to1 year and after the record showed that he had already been on remand for more than a year, 23 months to be precise, he was considered to have served his time and he was set free. Johnson has returned to his wife and family, who were left in shock that her husband was charged with murder in the first place and traumatized when he was dragged off to jail for protecting their property (23 year old Saul Garcia and 24 year old Luke Cox,  the accused burglars turned shooting victims, were no strangers to the law and had been charged criminally before. Senior Counsel Arnold noted in court that Johnson’s property had been burglarized over five times before he caught the culprits. Johnson, after fatally shooting Cox and Garcia, called the police and vlcsnap-2016-02-11-09h48m38s408directed them to the location of his farm property. Police said in April of 2014 that while Johnson may well have been protecting his property, they found the force used by him unjustifiable as one of the men was shot in the back, which indicated that he was probably running when he was shot and killed. The accused burglars had torn off the electrical wires, removed his zinc roof, sheet rack and had taken other items from inside his buildings on his farm. Manslaughter typically carries a life sentence of imprisonment, but in practice the court has considered mitigating factors in setting terms of between 8 and 25 years on average

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