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Update: Johnny Blackshell Jr. Sentenced to Life without Parole for Boys and Girls Club Shootings

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(Update, July 8) – Johnny Blackshell Jr. has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, after being convicted on three counts of first degree murder. 

Blackshell has also received an additional 57 years for crimes which included assault and possession of illegal weapons charges, which will run consecutively with the life sentence.

Blackshell was found guilty of  shooting three people and wounding four others in June, outside the Genesee St. Boys and Girls Club last August.

Jalen Everett and Michael Mathis are the remaining defendants who are currently awaiting trial in the case.

The joint trial for Everett and Mathis is slated to begin Oct. 17.

(Update, June 10) – Johnny Blackshell Jr. was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder Thursday for the mass shooting of three people outside the Genesee St. Boys and Girls Club last August.

Blackshell faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for the crimes. 

He was also found guilty of first- and second-degree intentional assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges.

Blackshell will return to court for sentencing July 8. 

Jalen Everett and Michael Mathis are the remaining defendants who are currently awaiting trial in the case.

(From May 16) – Jury selection in the trial of Johnny Blackshell Jr., one of three men charged with the mass shooting of three people outside the Genesee St. Boys and Girls Club last year, began on May 16.

Blackshell faces three counts of first degree murder, for allegedly killing 19-year-old Raekwon Manigault; 17-year-old Jonah Barley; and 25-year-old Johnny Johnson with an AK-47, following a basketball game at the club Aug 19.

Four others were wounded in the incident.

Twenty-year-old Jalen Everett, and 18-year-old Michael Mathis, the other two defendants in the case, will be tried separately from Blackshell, at a later date.

There are expected to be over 80 witnesses in the trial, which may last up to four weeks, according to reports.

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