A jury has recommended that a Cincinnati man serve 21 years in prison for the shooting death of Dwayne "Man Man" Johnson Jr. on June 13, 2009, and for selling the gun used in the killing.
The Fayette Circuit Court jury, which found Tyjuan Pearson, 25, guilty of second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence after a three-day trial this week, recommended that Pearson receive 10 years for the manslaughter count, but that sentence would be increased to 20 years because Pearson is a persistent felony offender. The jury recommended a one-year sentence, enhanced to five years, on the tampering count.
The jury also recommended that the 20-year sentence and one year of the five-year sentence run consecutively. The other four years would run concurrently.
Pearson had claimed that he was acting in self-defense when he shot Johnson, 20, outside the Pak-N-Save Market at the corner of Third and Race streets. The prosecution maintained that Johnson's death was murder.
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Both men were armed at the time of the shooting, which occurred during a large street party, according to prosecution and defense attorneys.
Pearson sold his gun later in Cincinnati, according to prosecutors and court testimony.
Johnson died at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael scheduled formal sentencing for Jan. 21.