Man found guilty in murder of NC teen Phylicia Barnes
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 03:36:29 PM CST
A man was convicted in the murder of North Carolina teen Phylicia Barnes, whose body was found in a river in Maryland.
A jury in Baltimore found Michael Johnson, 28, guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday. Investigators said the 16-year-old Barnes, from Monroe, North Carolina, was visiting relatives in Baltimore, Maryland, when she disappeared on Dec. 28, 2010.
Her body was found a few months later in the Susquehanna River, in Cecil County, Maryland.
Johnson was arrested and charged with her murder a year later.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the jury acquitted Johnson on the initial charge of first-degree murder. But they decided to find him guilty of second-degree murder on Wednesday, which could mean up to 30 years in prison.
Johnson was the boyfriend of Barne's older half-sister. His sentencing hearing was scheduled to be held on March 20.
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