Teen sentenced to life in prison

A botched gun deal that led to the shooting death of a 12-year-old in April 2021 led to the conviction and sentencing of Jaylen L. Johnson, 18, of Kansas City, Kan. Johnson was given a life sentence.


State News

June 20, 2022 - 1:39 PM

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teenager has been sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy during a botched gun deal.

WDAF-TV reports that a jury convicted 18-year-old Jaylen LaRon Johnson of Kansas City, Kansas, of first-degree murder last month. Sentencing was Friday.

Prosecutors say Johnson and two other men drove to Leavenworth to purchase a gun on April 14, 2021. The sellers allegedly sold a BB gun to one of Johnson’s friends. Authorities say Johnson began shooting when he realized it wasn’t the gun they wanted.

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