Crime

Cincinnati man gets 20 years in fatal Lexington shooting

A Cincinnati man, convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the 2009 shooting death of Dwayne "Man Man" Johnson Jr. of Lexington, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Fayette Circuit Court Judge James Ishmael sentenced Tyjuan Pearson, 25, to a 10 years, enhanced to 20 years because he is a persistent felony offender. He also received a one-year sentence, enhanced to five years, on a tampering with physical evidence charge in connection with the case.

A Fayette Circuit Court jury recommended in November that Pearson go to prison for 21 years; under Kentucky law, 20 years was the longest his sentence could be, so the five-year sentence must run concurrently with the 20-year sentence, said his attorney, Kate Dunn.

Pearson said he was acting in self-defense when he shot Johnson, 20, in the head during a street party outside the Pak-N-Save Market at the corner of Third and Race streets in Lexington on June 13, 2009. The prosecution maintained that Johnson's death was murder.

Both men were armed at the time of the incident. Pearson later sold his gun in Cincinnati, according to court testimony.

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