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Verdict means enhanced sentence

May. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It took seven minutes for a jury to determine that Phillip G. Johnson was indeed the same person with prior felony convictions, according court officials and attorneys for both sides.

The recidivism trial took approximately two-and-a-half hours. It concerned prosecutors being able to prove the man convicted in a shooting from last July was the same person with a conviction from 2004, a technicality that enabled prosecutors to secure an enhanced punishment.

Following the jury's verdict, Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson ordered Johnson to a 26- to 35-year prison sentence. That stemmed from last month's guilty verdict to wanton endangerment, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The most recent conviction was related to the July 31, 2012, shooting of Kyle Gibbs. It happened in the 800 block of 10th Avenue and was followed by a two-hour standoff with police a few blocks away.

The earlier conviction concerned two counts of wanton endangerment and two counts of malicious wounding.

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