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Aug 20, 2014 5:16 PM by AP

Man sentenced in New Orleans home invasion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man charged in a home invasion that left three people dead has been sentenced to 35 years in prison under a plea agreement.

Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports that court records show 22-year-old Dwayne Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of manslaughter. Judge Walter Rothschild sentenced him Wednesday to serve his term without the benefit of probation or parole.

Johnson and 26-year-old co-defendant Charles Franklin were initially charged with three counts of first-degree murder. District attorney's spokesman Christopher Bowman says the case against Franklin is being re-evaluated following Johnson's plea

Police say the men broke into a house in the city's St. Roch neighborhood in January 2010. Prosecutors say the two opened fire, killing three people and wounding a fourth.


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