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St. Petersburg man found guilty of manslaughter for killing another with sword

ST. PETERSBURG — Kelsey A. Johnson, charged with first-degree murder after killing a man with a sword, was found guilty this week of manslaughter.

He will be sentenced Oct. 9 for the 2006 crime.

Police said Johnson used a three-foot samuri-style sword to kill David Golly, 45, at an apartment in the 8100 block of 46th Ave. N, after an argument.

Defense attorney Bill Bennett argued it was a case of self-defense, not murder. If convicted of first-degree murder, Johnson, 37, would have been sentenced to life in prison. For manslaughter, he could receive up to 30 years.

St. Petersburg man found guilty of manslaughter for killing another with sword 07/20/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 5:17pm]
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