February 22, 2024
Taking pictures sufferer Ernest Lee Buchanan was 44. Picture by way of 10news.com

Certainly one of two males convicted within the taking pictures demise of a safety guard outdoors an East Village homeless shelter was sentenced Friday to 81 years to life in state jail.

Johnny Lee Hill, 44, was convicted of second-degree homicide for the Dec. 28, 2019, killing of Ernest Lee Buchanan, a 44-year-old guard on the Alpha Venture tent shelter on Imperial Avenue.

Co-defendant Floyd Garrett, 51, who represented himself at trial, was additionally convicted of second-degree homicide and is slated to be sentenced subsequent month.

A motive for the killing was not disclosed, however prosecutors alleged surveillance footage and “sensible streetlight” cameras captured the lads ready for Buchanan to reach from a meal break, then each males opened hearth on him on the street round 7:30 p.m.

Buchanan later died at a hospital.

At trial, Hill testified that he fired in self-defense as a result of Buchanan pointed a gun at him, whereas prosecutors stated Buchanan was unarmed and didn’t confront or provoke the lads.

Each males had been arrested a few week after the taking pictures.

Together with homicide, Hill was sentenced for assault with a semi- automated firearm, quite a few firearm-related allegations, and his sentences had been doubled attributable to a previous 2010 strike conviction for assault with a lethal weapon.