Judge hands down another life sentence in retrial of man who kil

Judge hands down another life sentence in retrial of man who killed toddler

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Paul Johnson, Jr. in court earlier in the week. Paul Johnson, Jr. in court earlier in the week.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man previously convicted of killing a toddler has been found guilty again at his retrial.

Paul Johnson, Jr. was convicted of felony murder and aggravated child abuse back in 2010.

On Friday, a new judge repeated that verdict, sentencing him to life in prison for the murder charge.

Police say Johnson beat and strangled his ex-girlfriend's 18-month-old son, Joseph Manning, in 2008.

Sentencing for the child abuse charge has yet to be determined.

Johnson was granted a retrial because the judge presiding over his original case, Richard Baumgartner, was later found to be addicted to pills.

 

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