Convicted murderer sentenced to 25 to life for 2021 South Fairmount shooting
CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A judge sentenced a convicted murderer to 25 years to life in prison for a 2021 South Fairmount shooting.
Rogerick Mitchell, 33, was arrested on May 26 for the murder of 40-year-old Daniel Johnson.
Mitchell was arrested six days after the shooting in South Fairmount.
Officers responded to the 1500 block of Queen City Avenue around 7:45 p.m. for a report of a shooting. Johnson was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He died later at the hospital.
Mitchell told the judge Johnson stabbed him, and out of fear, he shot the 40-year-old.
“He stabbed me, and I do apologize that he lost his life because nobody deserves to die,” Mitchell said in court. “But in that moment, I didn’t have no other choice but to defend myself in that manner that I used.”
According to paperwork from the prosecutor’s office, Micthell was not stabbed, and the shooting was just a random act of violence.
Days after the shooting, police said Mitchell made a last-second attempt to get rid of the gun by trying to sell it online.
Judge Jody Luebbers said that before she announces any prison sentence, she reads a person’s background to see if this is a one-time thing or a common occurrence.
The judge learned that Mitchel is not allowed to have a gun and has a lengthy criminal history that dates back to being a juvenile.
“We have a shooting with a gun,” explained Judge Luebbers. “Then he wasn’t even allowed to have the gun with a weapon under disability. Then he tried to get rid of the gun so that it could go back on the street. So that is a total of 25 to life.”
Mitchell’s family dropped their heads and cried after the sentencing, while Johnson’s family sat in the courtroom silent, in disbelief that their loved one is no longer here.
“I think the judge was fair,” said Johnson’s mother, Antoinette Johson. “I think the world will be a better place with Rogerick in jail.”
Mitchell’s sister said her brother will file an appeal.
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