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Convicted killer gets 8 years on gun charge

March 02, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Ranson, W.Va., man convicted in December 2005 of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2005 shooting death of Terrance "T.J." Johnson in Hagerstown was back in Washington County Circuit Court Friday after the Court of Special Appeals reversed his conviction in a September 2008 unreported opinion, court records show.

Boni Facio Aramburo, 24, pleaded guilty Friday to using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, possession of cocaine and voluntary manslaughter.

He will serve a total of eight years in prison, Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley ordered. He was sentenced to 15 years, with eight years suspended for the handgun conviction, a two-year suspended sentence for the cocaine conviction and eight years for manslaughter, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Upon his release, Aramburo must serve two years of supervised probation, court records show.

Aramburo had faced additional charges, including second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

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The judge ordered that Aramburo have no contact with Johnson's family.

Johnson, 35, was shot once in the chest shortly before 8 p.m. April 5, 2005, in Court 4 of the Noland Village housing complex after he jumped into a fight between Aramburo, 21, and Ernest Davis, aka "Poncho," The Herald-Mail has reported.

During the trial, Aramburo's attorney, Stephen H. Sacks, didn't deny that his client shot Johnson, but he argued the shot was fired in self-defense. He said a gun fell to the ground during the fight and that his client picked it up and fired it to protect himself.

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