Kansas City, Kan., teen sentenced to life in prison in death of 12-year-old boy
LEAVENWORTH — A Kansas City, Kan., teenager has been sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy during a botched gun deal.
WDAF-TV reports that a jury convicted 18-year-old Jaylen LaRon Johnson of Kansas City, Kan., of first-degree murder last month.
Sentencing was Friday in Leavenworth County District Court.
Prosecutors say Johnson and two other men drove to Leavenworth to purchase a gun on April 14, 2021.
The sellers allegedly sold a BB gun to one of Johnson’s friends. Authorities say Johnson began shooting when he realized it wasn’t the gun they wanted.
Eleven bullets struck the seller’s car.
Twelve-year-old Brian Henderson Jr. was in the backseat and died in the shooting.