Life in prison for man found guilty of York City slaying

Robert Johnson II

A York City man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty of first-degree murder.

Robert Lee Johnson II, 25, received a mandatory life sentence during a hearing Monday, Oct. 21. Jurors found him guilty during his trial in September.

Johnson fatally shot  L.A. Rasul Truvillion, 25, of York City, on May 22, 2018. Testimony revealed the shooting was over an argument involving their 10-year-old nephew.

Robert Lee Johnson II

Johnson told Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook that he did not want to say anything during his sentencing hearing.

No one from Truvillion's family wished to speak during Johnson's hearing. However, loved ones submitted victim impact statements to the court.

Truvillion's fiancee, Dorethea Elliott, wrote that "nothing is the same" since his death.

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"How can we be happy when the one who made everyone happy ain't here no more," her statement reads in part.

She wrote that Truvillion was a dependable person and a wonderful father who took pride in his kids. 

Homicide victim L.A. Truvillion

Truvillion's sister, LeeAsha Johnson, wrote that she keeps a closer eye on her children after his death. 

His death had her at a "loss for words."

"I miss my brother," LeeAsha Johnson wrote.

Robert Johnson shot Truvillion near the corner of St. Paul and North Penn streets about 5:50 p.m. that day, according to testimony.

Truvillion fled along North Penn and onto Smyser Street, where he collapsed and died, testimony revealed.

Senior deputy prosecutor Jennifer Tobias told jurors during the trial that Johnson and Truvillion share a sister and that their sister has a 10-year-old son.

The two men had been arguing because Truvillion believed Johnson was exposing the child to a lifestyle that was inappropriate for him to see, according to police.

They were supposed to have a fistfight over the dispute, Tobias said. Instead, Johnson brought a gun to the fight and attempted to fire at Truvillion three times.

The first shot was a misfire, she told jurors, and the second shot struck a tire on a parked car. Johnson's third shot fatally struck Truvillion, Tobias said.

Truvillion died of a gunshot wound that went through his arm and into his chest, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

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