- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A woman was ordered Wednesday to spend the rest of her life in prison for killing a Chicago police officer with his own weapon following a 2008 altercation on a mass-transit bus.

Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas Gainer sentenced Robin Johnson, 50, to a natural life term, plus an additional 15 years on her October convictions of first-degree murder, disarming a police officer and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Prosecutors say the shooting occurred after Chicago police officer Richard Francis responded to a report early July 2, 2008, of an altercation that prosecutors say involved Johnson harassing someone trying to exit a Chicago Transit Authority bus.

When 60-year-old Francis was flagged down by the bus driver to intervene, authorities say, Johnson was outside pacing, stomping her feet and talking to herself before investigators say she grabbed Francis‘ gun and shot him in the head at close range.

During Johnson’s trial, her public defender, Kulmeet Galhotra, insisted Johnson was “confused, distressed and in need of help” when approached by Francis, who had been a 27-year Chicago police veteran.

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