- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A Lafayette rapper received a 16-year sentence on an unusual conviction holding him responsible for the 2012 shooting death of a 43-year-old man, although he didn’t pull the trigger.

The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1Qosb2R ) reports Eric Johnson was sentenced Tuesday. In March, Johnson was found guilty of inciting a riot of death, provoking retaliatory violence leading to Ray Ryan’s killing at a Duson apartment complex in May 2012.

Officials say it was the first time the charge was prosecuted in Lafayette Parish and the second time in the state. The Louisiana statute dates back to the 1800s.

The shooter has never been officially identified or charged.

Johnson has recorded several albums since 1994, releasing radio-played singles like “I Ball Like Kobe” and “Meet Me at the Circle K.”

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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