After a day and a half of deliberations, a Dallas County jury sentenced former Farmers Department police officer Ken Johnson to 10 years in jail Tuesday for the 2016 homicide of Jose Cruz. Johnson, 37, shot two youngsters in March 2016 after he caught them breaking into his Chevy Tahoe at his Farmers Department house complicated.
Johnson was off obligation and out of uniform when he noticed Cruz and Edgar Rodriguez, each sixteen, breaking into his SUV. As Cruz and Rodriguez tried to get away from Johnson in Cruz’s pink Dodge Challenger, Johnson chased them in his Tahoe, ultimately ramming into the Challenger at Spring Valley Street and Marsh Lane.
After forcing Cruz and Rodriguez off the street, Johnson acquired out of his automotive because it rolled into visitors and fired sixteen photographs on the two teenagers. Cruz died on the scene from a shot to the top. Rodriguez, hit within the head and hand, survived however misplaced a finger and needed to have his ear reconstructed. In a separate sentence, the jury gave Johnson a ten-yr suspended sentence for his aggravated assault of Rodriguez.
Throughout his trial, Johnson’s protection attorneys argued that “intuition and adrenaline” led him to shoot Cruz and Rodriguez, who have been unarmed, in self-protection. Witnesses for the prosecution advised a special story. One man who noticed Johnson shoot Cruz and Rodriguez testified that he thought he was witnessing a homicide.
“He charged the automotive together with his gun drawn and began unloading into the driving force aspect,” Michael Stanislaus, an Addison resident, stated throughout Johnson’s trial.
Rodriguez advised jurors that Johnson shot the teenagers with out giving them a warning.
“He shot for no cause. He simply began capturing with out saying something earlier than. He did not inform us to get out of the automotive or nothing,” Rodriguez stated.
After the jury’s sentence, members of Cruz’s household have been anticipated to provide sufferer influence statements to the courtroom Tuesday afternoon.