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Kai Johnson For Murder of 2 In The Bronx Pled Guilty Now Gets 40 Years after Relatives Speak

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 13 – Kai Johnson of Soundview in The Bronx is charged with the murder of Price and Malik Tunstall on August 21, 2021.             

     On April 11, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman held a proceeding. Inner City Press went and covered it.  Johnson was in an orange WDOC jumpsuit and accompanied by two U.S. Marshals.

It is a capital case and the prosecutor said they are preparing to make their recommendation to Main Justice whether to seek the death penalty. 

 For that reason, Johnson's lawyer opposed setting a trial date or even motion schedule, insteading asking for another status conference in 90 days.

In January 2023 Johnson pleaded guilty, with a plea deal for a 40 year sentence.

On September 6, 2023 the US Attorney's Office wrote to Judge Liman that "a sentence of 40 years' imprisonment is necessary to comply with the goals of sentencing." The defense was asking for... 30 years.

On September 13, Inner City Press went to the sentencing. The two murder victim's mother and aunt spoke -- the aunt saying, I forgive but I won't forget -- and then a break for the AUSA to run back to St. Andrews Plaza for an audio file. Before 3 pm, the verdict: 40 years in prison.

The case is US v. Johnson, 22-cr-191 (Liman) 


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