Illinois Man Gets 120 Years for Party Shooting

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – A 21-year-old central Illinois man was sentenced to 120 years in prison for a shooting that injured four people at a party.

Ross Johnson, of Normal, was sentenced Monday after being convicted of attempted murder, home invasion and aggravated discharge of a firearm. His lawyer asked for a 26-year sentence, while prosecutors asked a judge for a sentence of 200 years.

WJBC Radio reports Johnson will have to serve a minimum of 102 years. Defense lawyer Brendan Bukalski told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph he’ll appeal.

Authorities say dozens of people were attending the October 2012 party in Bloomington when Johnson opened fire during a gang-related dispute.

He maintains his innocence and says he wasn’t affiliated with a gang.

But prosecutor Kevin Sanborn told the judge the shooting was “blood lust.”

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