Johnson Sentenced in Murder Trial

A Gadsden County man found guilty of killing his girlfriend's uncle learned his fate Wednesday.

Family members of victim Jerome Pete say they were pleased to learn that 47-year-old Andrew Romeo Johnson will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Andrew Romeo Johnson, in handcuffs Wednesday, was found guilty of the December 2003 murder of Jerome Pete and is now sentenced to life in prison.

Frank Alman, assistant state attorney, says, "As the judge said, the 10-20-Life law was enacted for a reason just to address this type of crime. The defendant deserved nothing less than to spend the rest of his life in prison."

Johnson's attorney wanted a sentence of 25 years while the state was pushing for life all along.

John Pete says, "I feel satisfied, relieved. It still won't bring him back, but I'm glad we've closed this chapter."

Harry Jackson adds, "I'm happy, and just like he said when he gunned Jerome down, 'we've finally got him.' "

Right before the decision was handed down, Johnson stood up and said, "I regret all that has happened.”

Johnson was sentenced under the 10-20-Life guidelines. He has 30 days to appeal the ruling.