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D.C. man sentenced in murder sparked by ‘disrespect’

- The Washington Times - Friday, May 27, 2011

A D.C. man was sentenced on Friday to 28 years in prison for fatally shooting another man 20 times because he thought the other man was "disrespecting" his father during an argument, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District said.

Julius Johnson, 24, was convicted in February of second-degree murder and gun charges in connection with the August 2005 killing of James Cousart, 41.

Authorities say johnson's father, Bobby Johnson Sr., and another person were sitting outside in the 1400 block of First Street NW in the early morning hours of Aug. 25, 2005, when Cousart approached them. Bobby Johnson Sr. and Cousart began to argue.

Prosecutors said that during the argument Bobby Johnson Sr. picked up his cellphone and made a call, stating, "I'm going to call my sons, I'm going to call J.J." Shortly after, Julius Johnson pulled up in a car, got out, and fatally shot Cousart 20 times.

Johnson was arrested in May 2010.

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