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Man sentenced to 75 years for killing man inside corner carryout

Posted at 5:59 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 17:59:19-04

BALTIMORE — A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to life with all but 75 years suspended for murdering a man inside a carryout on Edmonson Avenue in October 2017.

In March, Michael Campbell was convicted of first-degree murder of Phillip Johnson, using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence and several other gun-related convictions.

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According to the State Attorney's Office, on the night of October 28, 2017, police responded to a shooting at a corner carryout in the Poplar Grove community.

While inside, a victim later identified as Phillip Johnson was found unresponsive while sitting on a bench, bleeding from his head. He was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to shock trauma.

Area surveillance cameras captured Michael Campbell—wearing a light-colored sweatshirt and dark pants—entering the carryout moments before the shooting. After the shooting, the video shows Campbell fleeing southbound along Monroe Street. During his escape, the defendant is subsequently shot by an unidentified assailant in the community.

Later that evening, Campbell was identified as a walk-in shooting victim and after locating a handgun in the passenger seat of the car he used to drive to the hospital, officials were able to confirm that the handgun was the gun used to murder Phillip Johnson.

DNA testing also confirmed Campbell’s DNA was present on the murder weapon.