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Jury convicts Lincoln man in May 2020 Grand Island attempted murder case

Antoine Johnson
Antoine Johnson(Hall County Jail)
Published: May. 18, 2021 at 4:09 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 3:38 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - After a six-day trial, a Grand Island jury found a Lincoln man guilty on six of eight charges related to a May 2020 shooting in Grand Island.

Hall County Attorney Marty Klein said Antoine Johnson, 34, was convicted of attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, three counts of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and discharge of a firearm in certain cities and counties. The last charge related to the fact that Grand Island is considered a first-class city based on population. He was found not guilty on a felony kidnapping charge.

The jury deliberated for more than a day after three days of testimony last week.

Johnson was arrested after an 18-hour manhunt sparked by a shooting near the intersection of Sycamore and Oklahoma Streets in the early morning hours of May 28. Police found Gary Zierke lying on the ground nearby with a gunshot wound to the head. Police believed the shooting to be drug-related.

The maximum penalty for each of the crimes for which Johnson was convicted is 50 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled at 10:00 AM July 21,2021.

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