Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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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.

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