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East Charlotte Murder Suspect on Probation

Sigh.

More blood on the hands of the Charlotte legal community.

Tre Barber, 17, has been charged with the Wednesday murder of Chaufa Johnson, following a dangerous high-speed pursuit down I-85 which endangered more lives, WBTV reported.

According to state corrections records, Barber was convicted of two felonies in September in Mecklenburg County and given 24 months probation.

WSOC reports:

Police said Barber and Johnson knew each other.

Johnson’s friends said they were standing with a group of other teenagers in the apartment complex’s parking lot. Police said Barber shot Johnson in the abdomen and then stole several items from her before driving away. Police have not said what they believe Barber took.

Johnson graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in June. She was enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College and was set to begin classes in January.

“My daughter was a wonderful, wonderful human being and she’s gone from me forever,” Andrea Johnson, the teen’s mother, said.

She said she has a message for her daughter’s killer.

“You have left me lost, with nothing,” she said. “She was my best friend in the world.”

Merry Christmas, Charlotte bar.

5 Responses to “East Charlotte Murder Suspect on Probation”

  • Dec
    24
    2010

    He is proof that property crime is not a crime anymore.

  • Dec
    25
    2010

    “More blood on the hands of the Charlotte legal community.”

    Judges follow sentencing guidelines set by the state, don’t they? Do Charlotte judges have more leeway than Raleigh or Greensboro in dealing with repeat offenders? I doubt it. This seems more like a state issue and not a Charlotte issue.

  • Dec
    25
    2010

    Howie,

    The concept of legislative “sentencing guidelines” contradicts the concept of separation of powers. Sentencing is a function of the judiciary, not of the legislature.

  • Dec
    27
    2010

    Not to mention, most of the judges around here always seem to come down on the end of the bar where the punishment is the very minimum prescribed — and it doesn’t help that our worthless DAs have a penchant for taking 30 charges and turning them into one.

  • Dec
    27
    2010

    “DAs have a penchant for taking 30 charges and turning them into one.”

    Clay …. exactly right. This translates into NO justice for the law abiding citizen.

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