A Louisiana man has been convicted in the 2006 shooting death of a man in northwest Atlanta.
A jury convicted John Johnson, 36, on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in the shooting death of Brandon Scott, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office said in a news release.
Scott's body was found on a stranger's doorstep in the 700 block of Ozburn Road in northwest Atlanta on Jan. 1, 2006. It was discovered that Scott, 23, had been shot in the head and chest.
An investigation into the crime determined the victim was riding in a car with several individuals early that morning. Johnson, who was a front seat passenger in the vehicle, "began to argue with the victim about drugs or money he believed he was owed," the DA's office said.
The argument escalated and Johnson turned and pulled a gun on Scott, who was sitting in the backseat of the car. Johnson fired several shots, striking Scott three times. Scott was later dumped on the side of the road.
However, the victim was able to stumble 150 feet to a nearby house before he collapsed onto the front porch.
Johnson, a Hurricane Katrina evacuee who was living in Atlanta, was identified as a suspect and was apprehended more than six months later in New Orleans. He was sentenced to life plus five years in prison by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua, who also presided over the case.