Man gets 12 years for killing initiated by Facebook squabble

by name Newspaper - Published: December 19, 2013 | 5:25 pm 0

A Colorado Springs man who stabbed someone to death after a Facebook quarrel was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison.

Elton Lamar Johnson Jr., 20, received the maximum penalty available after pleading guilty to reckless manslaughter in the May stabbing death of Carlos Lopez-Herrera. Under a plea deal, prosecutors dropped a second-degree murder charge.

Lopez-Herrera, 39, was slain and Johnson was stabbed in the leg when the men clashed in the victim's driveway in the 8200 block of Camfield Circle, just north of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Woodmen Road.

Johnson told police he went to the man's home to smooth over a quarrel that erupted on Facebook between Lopez-Herrera and another man.

In handing down the maximum sentence, Judge Scott Sells noted that Johnson was on parole for two prior felonies and said a lighter sentence would "cheapen" Lopez-Herrera's life.

Police testified at an early hearing in the case that the argument on Facebook revolved around Lopez-Herrera's attempts on Facebook to buy drugs and a gun from one of Johnson's friends.

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