- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania teen has been sentenced to serve 35 years to life in prison for the slaying of an 18-year-old man in February 2015.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1PT2soT ) Todd Johnson sentenced Tuesday in Armstrong County after being found guilty of second-degree homicide and robbery charges in December.

Prosecutors say Johnson fatally shot Derrike Roppolo last February while attempting to steal marijuana from an apartment on Basin Street in Leechburg.

Johnson was 17 at the time of the shooting but was tried as an adult. He was acquitted of aggravated assault charges in connection with the incident at his trial.

Johnson’s attorney, Eric Levin, had said during the trial’s closing arguments that the defense didn’t deny Johnson killed Roppolo, but said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove any charges beyond involuntary manslaughter.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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