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Men sentenced in unrelated shootings

April 28, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Chambersburg men were sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court for unrelated shooting incidents that occurred at different times on the same street in Chambersburg.

Carlos Rodriguez Johnson, 19, of 30 W. South St., was sentenced to serve five years and nine months to 20 years on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of unsworn falsifications.

Johnson was one of several suspects in a drive-by shooting on July 20, 1997, in which two men were injured. According to court records, 20 to 30 people were standing on West South Street when shots were fired from a passing car.

Charles Green, of Chambersburg, was shot in the chest and arm. Damon Bryant, of Chambersburg, was hit in the leg.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the three charges on March 8. Charges of attempted homicide and criminal conspiracy were dismissed in exchange for the plea agreement, according to court records.

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Judge John R. Walker ran the sentences on the three charges concurrently. Johnson must also pay an unspecified amount of restitution to Bryant and to Green's family.

Green, 22, was shot and killed in an unrelated shooting on Oct. 6, 1998. Bryant K. Jefferson of Harrisburg, Pa., was tried and convicted earlier this year of voluntary manslaughter in Green's death.

Lucas Ismond, 40, formerly of 141 Greenmeadow Lane, was sentenced by Walker to 21 months to 10 years in prison for aggravated assault and a concurrent nine months to five years for carrying a firearm without a license.

According to court records, Ismond pleaded guilty to the charges on March 8. In exchange for the plea agreement, charges of attempted murder and recklessly endangering another person were dismissed.

Ismond was involved in a Jan. 8, 1998, shooting in a house at 61 W. South St. According to borough police, Ismond was involved in an argument with Roy Morris, 27, of Shippensburg, Pa., that escalated into a gunfight.

Both men were shot and taken to York (Pa.) Hospital.

Morris was never charged in the shooting. He committed suicide in February 1998.

Ismond will not serve his sentence in Pennsylvania. Walker made the sentence concurrent with a seven-year state prison sentence for cocaine trafficking Ismond is serving in North Carolina.

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