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The man accused of killing Memphis rap legend Young Dolph received a 5-year sentence for shooting 3 people in 2017.

Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton (below right), was gunned down by two men inside a Memphis cookie shop on Nov. 17.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service identified 23-year-old Justin Johnson (pictured with Dolph) as one of the killers on Wednesday. A $15,000 reward is being offered for his capture.
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Johnson was out on the streets because the liberal judge who sentenced him in 2017 felt sorry for him.

Shelby County Judge Christopher Craft said he remembered the then-teenager when a reporter reached out to him for comment.

"The first time he used a gun, we gave him some slack because of him immediately cooperating and doing everything," said Judge Craft.

The first time Johnson used a gun, he attempted to murder three people after a fight at a bowling alley.

According to court records, Johnson immediately pleaded guilty to the shooting spree at the Billy Hardwick Bowling Alley, ABC 24 reported.

"He had no record. He got in a fight with some people at a bowling alley, and they were all mad at each other. He went out to his car and got a gun and came back in and started shooting. He fired a bunch of shots and a man was hit in the arm and a lady was hit in the leg and another person was grazed," said Craft.

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Though there were signs that Johnson was a hardened criminal, Judge Craft was "impressed" with the lad.

"He immediately admitted to his charges and said 'you don't need to indict me. I'll agree to my charges'," said Craft. "Because he had no record, he was a range one offender, which is 3 to 6 years. Because there were three victims, he pleaded guilty was sentenced to five years in prison."

Craft spared the youthful offender by not giving him the maximum 6 years for attempting to kill 3 people. Judge Craft followed Johnson's progress in jail. He observed that the teenager had "an exemplary record and no write-ups" behind bars.

He said Johnson "went above and beyond what he was expected to do" and he released Johnson after serving just six months of his 5-year sentence.

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A few months later, Johnson was arrested again on drugs and gun possession charges, which meant he violated his probation and faced a federal charge.

"We were very disappointed with that because he was such an impressive young man," said Craft.

"What we did was we ran our five-year sentence concurrent with his federal, and he went off to federal prison," said Craft. "He went off to prison, and the next I heard of him was when he was on the news as a suspect."

Johnson was released from prison in less than 5 years.

Critics are outraged over Johnson's lenient sentence and the liberal judge who put a lawless criminal back on the streets.

"A lot of times the toughest thing I have to decide is should I give this man another chance or should he go off to prison," said Craft. "When we make decisions about whether or not to give another chance, there are going to be a few people we give another chance and they fail. But there are going to be thousands of people we give another chance to and it changes their life, and they never come back."

Memphis officials honored Dolph's legacy by renaming a street after him in Castalia Heights last month.

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Florida rapper J $tash reportedly shot a mother-of-three in front of her children before taking his own life.

According to KTLA-TV, the aspiring rapper, real name Justin Joseph, fatally shot 27-year-old Jeanette Gallegos in front of her three children following an argument.

Officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic violence call from a residence early Saturday morning. They arrived at the residence in Temple City, outside of LA, where they discovered the bodies.

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Gallegos was shot multiple times and pronounced dead. Joseph died from a single gunshot to the head. Police say he moved from New York and was staying at the home with Gallegos and her sons for two months. Police say he is not the father of the boys, ages 5, 7 and 11.

"Right now, the evidence at the scene and the preliminary information we have from the children in the home is that it's a murder-suicide," said Lt. Derrick Alfred.

The three boys were removed from the home and placed with family members. A firearm was recovered at the scene.

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Joseph is best known as an associate of rapper Rich the Kid who signed him to his Rich Forever record label.

In an interview with Crack magazine, Joseph described rapper Lil Wayne as his mentor.

"I learned a lot from being around that crowd," he said, "the most important thing being to always be professional and always have a lawyer. That's all I can say."

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Texas police are on the hunt for a 14-year-old boy who killed three teenagers inside a Garland convenience store on Sunday.

Surveillance video shows Abel Elias Acosta, shirtless and armed with a handgun, creep to the doorway of a Texaco station and open fire inside.

Garland police say Acosta fired 20 rounds into the store, killing three teenagers.

Police identified the victims as Xavier Gonzalez, 14, Ivan Noyala, 16, and Rafael Garcia, 17. A 15-year-old cook was also injured but has not been identified.

Acosta's father, Richard Acosta, allegedly served as the teenager's getaway driver. Police say Richard turned himself in, but his son is still at large.

Richard Acosta, 33, faces capital murder charges. He was booked into jail on $1 million bond, the NY Post reported.

Police announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to Acosta's arrest and conviction. Acosta is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Abel Acosta is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male with dark hair and brown eyes. He stands just over 5 feet tall and weighs around 125 pounds.

The deadly attack may have been in retaliation for a previous incident involving the teens.

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Miami police plan to charge a real estate agent as a suspect in a string of murders in the South Florida area.

Willy Suarez Maceo will be charged as a "suspected serial killer" on Thursday evening. He is currently in jail on a trespassing charge.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and interim Police Chief Manuel Morales are expected to announce the charges against Suarez Maceo at 5 p.m. EST.

Suarez Maceo, 25, is a suspect in two shootings that occurred on Tuesday night. In one case, a homeless man was shot to death in the Wynwood area. Another victim who was shot, survived.

Detectives are also investigating Suarez Maceo in connection to another shooting death in October.

Records show Suarez Maceo is a licensed real estate broker for Century 21. His Instagram page shows photos of homes for sale in Miami, Kendall, South Miami and Palmetto Bay.

According to his Facebook page, Suarez Maceo attended Miami Sunset Senior High School. His interests include driving luxury cars, bikini models and photos of himself posing in front of a Porsche at a cryptocurrency conference in June.

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Gwinnett County PD

U.S. Marshals arrested a murder suspect among the holiday travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Police and U.S. Marshals arrested James Thomas as he exited a plane at the airport. He was transferred to the Gwinnett County Jail.
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The suspect was wanted in the murder of aspiring rapper Chucky Trill from Houston, Texas. Police say Thomas opened fire on Trill's car along I-85 near Jimmy Carter Boulevard around 3 a.m. on March 5. Passengers in the car were uninjured.

Thomas faces charges of malice murder and four counts of aggravated assault, WSB-TV reports.

Trill, real name Corey Detiege, 33, died at a local hospital.

The rapper, best known for his rap single "Keisha," had just arrived in Atlanta the day before he was killed. He was scheduled to perform during NBA All-Star weekend, his manager told 11Alive News.

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A Chicago woman was attacked after she leaked video of the moment O-Block ARoy was shot and killed by a man he assaulted.

The Facebook Live video, filmed from an apartment window in O-Block, shows a man cowering on the ground as ARoy punched him repeatedly. When ARoy walked away, the man stood up, drew a weapon and shot the OG gangster multiple times before fleeing on foot. ARoy, real name James Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The video of his murder went viral on Monday. A second video showed an angry crowd attacking the woman who leaked the video.

O-Block, also known as Parkway Gardens, is an infamous housing project on the 6400 block of South King Drive in Chicago. It was named after Gangster Disciples member Odee Perry, 20, who was shot and killed by Tooka gang member Gakirah "K.I." Barnes when she was only 13.

Parkway Gardens was once home to numerous drill rappers, including Chief Keef and King Von (deceased).

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A Baltimore man shot and killed his girlfriend and ex-wife in two jurisdictions before taking his own life on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said officers responded to an alarm call shortly after 1:30 p.m. in Federal Hill, and found a rear door kicked in. Inside the residence, they found a 41-year-old woman dead from a gunshot wound.

Police received information about a Facebook Live video in which a man said he shot his girlfriend and was on his way to Howard County, Maryland to kill his ex-wife and take his own life.

"Howard County Police were notified by Baltimore Police that there was a post on social media that indicated the suspect's intention to come to Howard County," said Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for Howard County Police.

By the time officers arrived at an apartment in the 7300 block of Eden Brook Drive in Columbia just after 2 p.m., the suspect had killed his ex-wife and himself, Llewellyn said.

In a Facebook Live video, the man calmly explained what drove him to shoot his ex-girlfriend earlier.

"Anyway, I just did something crazy, man. I just shot my ex-girlfriend in the head yo," he said. "It felt like a dream. I never thought I would be that guy. I can't go to prison, so the person that really started my depression and all of this is my ex-wife. So, she next. And then I'm going to do myself too."

His confession was a cautionary tale about the risks involved when women play with a man's emotions.

"I just wanted to say this to people," he continued, "don't play with people's emotions. Don't lie on these men. Oh, here's my ex-wife right here."

Just then, his ex-wife opened the back door and poked her head out before slamming the door shut.

"Oh nah nah, today is the day," he said as the video ends.

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An Indianapolis man is charged with shooting his son's football coach during an argument over his son's sports-related injury.

Cameron Parks, 43, was ordered to wear a GPS monitor on home detention following his arrest for shooting the unnamed coach.

The incident happened on November 22 after an argument stemming from a youth football game in Tennessee, Fox 59 News reported.

Parks' son is on the victim's traveling football team and injured his leg during the Tennessee game.

A witness told police that Parks warned the coach and his girlfriend "they would have to move or would live in fear."

According to court records, Parks went to the victim's apartment on the 3600 block of North Chester Avenue and shot the man through his front door.

Officers responding to the scene found the victim with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg.

According to police, a witness said another man was forced at gunpoint to knock on the victim's door. When the victim opened the door, the man told him Parks had a gun. The victim slammed the door, but Parks kicked the door then fired through the door, striking the victim in the leg.

Court documents also detail threatening text messages from Parks to the victim.

Parks was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery, Kidnapping, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, and other felonies.

He was booked into jail and posted an 80,000 surety bond, meaning $8,000 was paid in cash.

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Compton rapper and former YG associate Slim 400 was reportedly shot and killed in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday, Dec. 8. He was 33.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the aspiring rapper was gunned down in Inglewood, California. He was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene.

Slim was a member of the Tree Top Pirus street gang which he allegedly joined when he was 13 years old.

He survived a previous attempt on his life when he was shot 9 times in the summer of 2019. His last Instagram Story is a track featuring him and the late rapper Young Dolph on a tombstone.

Tributes pour in from around the country on social media for the late rapper.

One Twitter user wrote:

"This is what gets me. You all light the country on fire if a white person kills but if you all kill yourselfs no one bats an eye Flushed face EVERY life is precious try to LOVE each other more [sic]."


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The suspect who killed Jacqueline Avant during a home invasion accidentally shot himself in the foot with an AR-15 rifle while burglarizing another home minutes later.

Avant, 81, was fatally shot around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday during a home invasion burglary in the affluent Truesdale Estates.

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Jackie Avant, Clarence Avant's wife of 54 years, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Clarence Avant, 90, was at home, but uninjured during the home invasion.

An armed security guard posted at the Avant home was shot and wounded during the home invasion. He did not return fire.

Surveillance videos captured the suspect driving away from the Avant residence after shooting Mrs. Avant.

Minutes later, LAPD's Hollywood Division officers responded to a burglary call in the 6000 block of Graciosa Drive.

LAPD officers arrived to find Aariel Maynor, 29, hopping around in the backyard of the residence at about 3:30 a.m. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot.

Beverly Hills police Chief Mark Stainbrook said Maynor accidentally shot himself in the foot with an AR-15 while burglarizing the home on Graciosa Drive. The AR-15 is believed to be the murder weapon.

Stainbrook said an "astute watch commander" at the LAPD "put two and two together," and reached out to Beverly Hills PD about similarities between the two shootings.

Evidence collected at both crime scenes linked the two crimes.

Police said Maynor acted alone and there is no further threat to Truesdale Estate residents.

The suspect was taken to a hospital where he is being treated for the self-inflicted gunshot wound. He will be booked into jail once he is released from the hospital.

Maynor, of Los Angeles, is a gang banger with an extensive criminal history. He was out on parole at the time of the murder.