Judge sentences Jonesboro shooter to 4 years

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge sentenced Jonesboro school shooter Mitchell Johnson to four years in prison today after being convicted of a little-used weapons charges.

U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren ruled that the 24-year-old will remain on supervised parole with restrictions for three years after he's released. Johnson had faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after being convicted in January of possessing a firearm while being a user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

While his trial contained no reference to the 1998 shooting at Jonesboro's Westside Middle School, it weighed heavily on Johnson's sentencing hearing today. Prosecutors argued Johnson should serve more time as federal guidelines did not take into account the severity of the shootings, which left five dead and 10 others wounded.

Johnson already was being held at the Benton County jail on separate state charges, accused of taking a debit card left by a disabled man at the Bentonville gas station Johnson worked at.

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