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Guilty plea in shooting death

An 18-year-old city man pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder and a weapons violation in a Dec. 11 shooting death in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road in Northeast Baltimore.

Brian Jones admitted that he shot to death Damian Mitchell, 28, but he said Mitchell had threatened him. The prosecutor said a witness did not corroborate that claim.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 18 before Judge Wanda K. Heard in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Julie Bykowicz

50 years imposed in killing

A Baltimore man convicted this month of second-degree murder and a weapons violation was sentenced yesterday to 50 years in prison.

James Michael Johnson, 31, was found guilty June 19 by a Baltimore jury in the November 2001 shooting death of Matthew Boyd IV, 25. The shooting occurred at an apartment in the 4200 block of Parkton St. in Southwest Baltimore. Boyd was dating Johnson's estranged wife, the prosecutor said. Johnson's earlier conviction in the killing was overturned in 2004 by the Court of Special Appeals because of witness problems.

Julie Bykowicz

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