Man will get 2 life phrases plus 835 years for killing off-duty cop


An Arkansas man convicted of killing an off-duty police officer has been sentenced to 2 life phrases — plus 835 years in jail.

Demarcus Donnell Parker, 27, was convicted Tuesday by a Crittenden County jury of first-degree homicide and associated prices within the April 2018 taking pictures demise of Oliver Johnson, 25, in West Memphis, WREG reports.

Johnson, who lived in West Memphis, was a police officer in Forrest Metropolis, about 40 miles west of his house. Prosecutors stated Parker fired a gun at rival gang members when a stray bullet killed Johnson, a father of two whom police imagine wasn’t Parker’s supposed goal, the station studies.

Along with homicide, Parker was additionally convicted of first-degree illegal discharge of a firearm from a car, six counts of tried first-degree homicide and 15 counts of second-degree illegal discharge of a firearm from a car.

A decide additionally sentenced Parker to a 15-year enhancement of committing a felony with a firearm on every of 23 counts, in addition to a separate 10-year enhancement for committing felonies within the presence of the kid.

Johnson was with certainly one of his daughters and different kids inside his condominium when he was fatally shot. Neighbors informed police they heard about 40 gunshots in all, WREG studies.

Parker’s two life sentences plus an extra 835 years will run consecutively, KTHV reports.

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“The jury listened to either side, and finally returned most sentences on all counts and really useful they be run consecutively,” Prosecuting Legal professional Scott Ellington stated in an announcement. “Sadly, none of this may convey Officer Johnson again to his household, however possibly they’ll discover some consolation that justice was served this week.”

Attorneys for Parker didn’t reply to a request for remark late Wednesday, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

A co-defendant within the case, George Jealvontia Henderson, has pleaded not responsible. His trial is pending, the newspaper studies.