Jury Finds Johnson Guilty in Mr. Wings Murder

Shawn Anthony Johnson, 19, was found guilty Thursday in the 2010 murder of Misael Flores at Mr. Wings & Pizza in Glen Burnie.

UPDATE (5:15 p.m.): A jury found a Glen Burnie teen guilty of the 2010 murder of a patron at Mr. Wings & Pizza during a botched robbery.

Shawn Anthony Johnson, 19, was found guilty of felony murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and use of a handgun in commission of a felony.

The jury found him not guilty of first-degree premeditated murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 25.

Misael Flores was shot and killed Nov. 12, 2010, the night before his 21st birthday, as he chatted with a friend at the pizza shop on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.


Felony murder carries a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Johnson could potentially be sentenced to an additional 85 years for the other charges.

"[Johnson] has maintained his innocence and continues to maintain his innocence, and that's why he went to trial," said defense attorney Clayton Aarons.

Aarons said that though he expects the state to pursue the maximum penalty, he hopes the court does not sentence Johnson to live without parole.

Johnson sat with eyes down, his expression unchanged as the jury forewoman read the verdict to each charge.

The verdict came after a little more than a day of deliberations with the threat of a mistrial due to one juror keeping the jury from reaching a consensus.

Throughout the course of the day, the jury sent several notes to the judge stating that one juror was keeping them from delivering a verdict.

One note that was shared at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday said a juror had made up his or her mind and refused to look at evidence or speak with anyone further about the case.

Johnson is one of four charged in Flores' killing. Two other defendants already have entered pleas. Vincent Ethan Bunner, 19, of Pasadena, in January halfway through his trial. Charles Sequan Butler, 19, of Brooklyn Park June 5, what would have been the first day of his trial.

Willie Antonio McLean, 20, of Glen Burnie also is charged in the incident. He testified against Johnson as part of a plea agreement with the state where he would face a 20-year sentence for pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He would have faced life in prison without the chance of parole if convicted of first-degree murder.

McLean is scheduled to stand trial in October.

Johnson and Bunner were arrested in connection with the , a 7-Eleven employee who was killed during a botched robbery in August 2010.

Bunner pleaded guilty in January to the murder of Attia. Johnson is scheduled to stand trial for Attia's death in August.

Yvonne T. Prabhu June 14, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Sad on so many levels.


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