Elkhart man sentenced to 85 years in prison for deadly drive-by shooting in South Bend


By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

An Elkhart man was sentenced Friday to 85 years in prison in connection to a deadly drive-by shooting that happened in downtown South Bend last August.

Bryant Johnson, 24, was sentenced to 55 years for murder, 30 years for attempted murder and 3 years for battery with a deadly weapon, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office. Because the attempted murder and battery sentences will be served concurrently, Johnson will spend a total of 85 years in prison.

Johnson was convicted last month of the murder of Justin Sharp and attempted murder and battery of Stephen Johnson. Police say he shot dozens of bullets at a vehicle Sharp and Stephen Johnson were in near LaSalle Avenue and Lafayette Boulevard on Aug. 1.