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Edwards gets life sentence

The trial of Johnny Edwards was officially given closure as he was officially sentenced.

Assistant District Attorney Barrown Lankster, who prosecuted the case, said Judge Thomas Jones handed down the sentence Monday morning.

“He sentenced him to life in prison for the murder charge and 25 years for assault,” Lankster said. “The sentences will run concurrently and he was denied probation.”

Edwards was found guilty last August of the murder of Nathaniel Jeffries and the assault of Hardee Johnny Davis.

The incident took place in November of 2003 when Edwards, Jeffries and Davis were involved in an altercation after bumping into each other at a local club.

Jeffries, Davis’ uncle, separated the two and took his nephew home.

At a later encounter on the same night, Edwards pulled a pistol grip shotgun and fired a shot into Jeffries stomach and another shot that missed.

The key argument in the case was that Edwards intent was never in doubt because he showed up for the second fight with a .45 pistol and the 12-gauge shotgun.

When closing arguments were given, the jury needed only an hour to return a guilty verdict. The jury did not recommend the death penalty.