By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man charged in a home invasion that left three people dead was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reported ( that court records show Dwayne Johnson, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of manslaughter. Judge Walter Rothschild sentenced Johnson to serve his term without the benefit of probation or parole. He was given credit for time already served.

Johnson and co-defendant Charles Franklin, 26, were initially charged with three counts of first-degree murder. District attorney’s spokesman Christopher Bowman said the case against Franklin is being re-evaluated following Johnson’s plea.

Police say Johnson and Franklin broke into a house in the city’s St. Roch neighborhood in January 2010. Prosecutors say the two men opened fire, killing three people and wounding a fourth.

Police said the home invasion was believed to be related to drug trafficking.

Johnson and Franklin have been jailed since early 2010.


Information from: The Times-Picayune,

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