- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - A St. Joseph teenager was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the shooting deaths of his grandparents, who were also his adoptive parents.

Sixteen-year-old Joseph Johnson was sentenced Wednesday for the July 3 shooting death of 72-year-old James Johnson and 76-year-old Beverly Johnson. He was tried as an adult in their deaths at their rural Buchanan County home.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports (https://bit.ly/1VCYans ) Buchanan County Circuit Judge Patrick Robb handed down the sentence Wednesday.

Johnson described himself as “spoiled and stupid” when he pleaded guilty in December to two counts of second-degree murder. He said he mistook the couple’s discipline for abuse before he shot them in their kitchen.

Johnson was arrested during a traffic stop in Platte County a few hours after his grandparents’ deaths.

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Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, https://www.newspressnow.com

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