Cape Coral man found guilty of murder


Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8:20 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8:20 a.m.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A Cape Coral man has been convicted for his role in the kidnapping and fatal beating of two teenagers.

A jury found 23-year-old Kemar Johnston guilty Friday of two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2006 slayings. A total of 10 people have been arrested and charged in the case. Some have reached plea agreements, and others are still scheduled to go to trial.

Authorities say 18-year-old Alexis Sosa and his nephew, 14-year-old Jeffrey Sosa, attended a party in 2006 where the suspects beat, tortured and shot them. Police found their bodies in a burned out car the next day.

Jurors are scheduled to return next month to decide whether to recommend life in prison or the death penalty for Johnston. A judge will make the final decision.

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