A Mishawaka man convicted of killing his girlfriend was sentenced on Monday, July 25, to 55 years in prison and 5 years of probation.
Tyron Johnson was found guilty of the murder of Precious Jackson back on June 30.
Johnson admitted that he shot Jackson in front of his parent’s Mishawaka home in 2015, but said that he didn’t intend to kill her. Johnson testified that he and Jackson were fighting when he pulled out the gun and pulled the trigger, then blacked out and ran away.
The couple’s two children witnessed the shooting.
Police arrested him four days later.
During the trial, Johnson’s attorney argued he was guilty of voluntary manslaughter, not murder, but the jury disagreed.
Witnesses said they saw and heard the couple arguing loudly before the shooting, but the jury rejected Johnson’s claim that he pulled out his gun and started shooting without thinking because he had been provoked.
At the sentencing hearing, the court cited Johnson’s criminal history and the fact that Jackson was shot in front of her children as aggravating factors in determining his sentence.
The couple’s two children are being raised by both families.
Johnson said he intends to file an appeal in the case.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.