ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A jury finds former student Sean Johnson guilty in the January 2013 shooting that left his financial aid adviser wounded at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts downtown.
Before the jury began its deliberations, Johnson went on a rant, interrupting the prosecutor’s closing argument.
“This ain’t right,” he blurted out from the defendant’s table, “You’re ignoring the law.”
The judge ordered Johnson to be quiet — and when that didn’t work — ordered him removed from the courtroom.
Earlier in the week, Johnson had another surprise. Defying the advice of his defense attorney, he took the witness stand to admit to the shooting.
Johnson testified that he didn’t intend to kill anyone when he shot Financial Aid Director Greg Elsenrath in the chest. Johnson explained that he was upset that his student loan money was running out and he still needed more credit hours to graduate.
Convinced he was dying and clutching his chest, Elsenrath called his wife on his cell phone just after the shooting to say goodbye, and to ask her to give his love to the kids. Elsenrath has recovered and was well enough to testify against Johnson earlier this week.
The jury’s verdict was a split one. It found Johnson guilty of first-degree assault and armed criminal action, but acquitted him of a charge related to the gun he used having its serial number scratched off.
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