Teen gets 30 years in prison for deadly Rochester shooting

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — A Rochester teen will serve three decades behind bars after he pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a man during a robbery on Lyell Avenue last year.

Police said 17-year-old David Johnson shot Anthony Lawson multiple times on Lyell near Child Street in Rochester last September. Lawson was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital after the shooting where he later died.

Johnson was arrested the month after the shooting. At the time, he was on probation for another robbery. Friday, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery for the shooting.

Officers say Johnson will not be granted youthful offender status for the case. As part of the plea deal, Johnson will serve 30 years in state prison.

In a statement, District Attorney Sandra Doorley wrote, “Here at the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, we prioritize justice above all else. We extend our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Anthony Lawson. David Johnson will now be spending the remainder of his youth in the New York State Department of Corrections and will hopefully learn the value of freedom and human life.”

Earlier this month, a second teen was arrested in the shooting. The sixteen-year-old from Syracuse is charged with murder for the shooting.

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