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Long Beach Woman Gets Life for Shooting, Leaving a Man Paralyzed

The victim testified in court by pressing buttons on a machine for "yes" and "no."

Erica Johnson received a life sentence for shooting a man and leaving him paralyzed. Patch file photo.
Erica Johnson received a life sentence for shooting a man and leaving him paralyzed. Patch file photo.

A 28-year-old woman was sentenced to life in prison today for shooting a man who was fighting with her boyfriend in a Long Beach alley, leaving the victim severely disabled.

Erica Johnson was sentenced by Long Beach Superior Court Judge Mark C. Kim to life in prison with the possibility of parole, plus 25 years to life.

Johnson, of Long Beach, was convicted last month of attempted murder for shooting then-19-year-old Mario Carr, who was found Dec. 27, 2011, in an alley near 10th Street and Ohio Avenue with a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Deputy District Attorney Julian Recana said Carr, now 21 and also of Long Beach, can't walk or talk, and can only mumble. He uses a wheelchair and can't move his left hand.

During the trial, Carr -- who was in a coma for five months after the shooting -- testified by pressing buttons on a machine that allowed him to answer “yes,” “no” or “I don't know”' to attorneys' questions. His answers were displayed on a screen for jurors.

--City News Service

Rodger Higgins February 13, 2014 at 03:39 PM
I think instead of being sentenced to life in prison that will cost the tax payers even more money, she should have been placed on 50 years of probation and made to find employment suitable enough to cover this mans expenses for the rest of his life. The money would have to cover his medical, dental, clothing, food, transportation and living accomodations. Maybe if we started doing this then these thugs and thugettes would think before firing those weapons.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 03:40 PM
How would you enforce that?
Shawn Pearson February 13, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Sometimes, we pay a high price for justice. If you really want to save the expense of incarceration, do justice to the culprit and for the victim, amputate the shooting hand of the culprit. Of course, the sympathocytes would say that's cruel and unusual. I'd say it's justice for all.

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