- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Two people have been sentenced to life in prison for the 2014 fatal shooting of a man in West Virginia.

The Journal of Martinsburg reports (bit.ly/1TJaBd2) a judge sentenced 36-year-old Tulsa Johnson of Martinsburg and 20-year-old Vincent S. Smith, of Frederick, Maryland, Thursday to serve life without parole followed by one-to-five years in prison for their felony murder and conspiracy convictions, respectively.

Johnson and Smith were convicted in October 2015 of killing 33-year-old Michael Garcia in September 2014 after police say they set him up to do a drug deal. Garcia was found dead at a business park south of Martinsburg.

Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely argued that Johnson and Smith really intended to rob Garcia, but ended up shooting him to death.

A jury acquitted Jucobe Johnson of accessory after the fact of murder.


Information from: The Journal, https://journal-news.net/

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