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Gunmen convicted after killing a man over alleged debt

Posted at 1:15 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 13:15:37-05

Two men were convicted by Baltimore City for their roles in the murder of another man back in 2016. 

Carrington Sturgis was found guilty of first-degree murder, using a handgun in a crime of violence, being a felon in possession of a handgun, and other gun-related charges. Frank Barnett was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a handgun, and wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun. 

The murder happened on July 10, 2016, in the 600 block of East Patapsco Avenue. When police got to the scene they found William Johnson in the living room suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was declared dead at the scene. 

Several witnesses told police that Barnett and Sturgis had assaulted Johnson, tried to take money from him, and eventually shot him. Barnett and Sturgis shot Johnson over an alleged debt.

After the shooting, one witness went to a local business and asked them to call 911, which another witness waited outside to flag down police and report what happened. 

“This brutal execution was carried out in front of a group of people, who didn’t cower but called the police and identified the perpetrators,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I commend their bravery and expect for these defendants to face severe consequences for this despicable crime.” 

Barnett faces 21 years in prison and Sturgis is facing Life plus 38 years. They are scheduled for sentencing on April 9, 2018.