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Man acquitted in dog burning pleads in murder try

Monday - 4/23/2012, 9:15pm  ET

BALTIMORE - A Baltimore man acquitted of setting a pit bull puppy on fire has been sentenced to eight years in a separate case.

Travers Johnson, one of two brothers acquitted this month of animal cruelty, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted second-degree murder and a weapons charge in a shooting that occurred while he was free on bail in the dog burning case. Johnson was sentenced to 25 years, with all but eight years suspended. He is expected to receive about 14 months credit for the time already served.

Prosecutors say he fired three shots at a man standing two feet away. The man, whose sister was behind him, was uninjured.

Johnson's twin brother, Tremayne, is scheduled to face trial on marijuana possession charges next month.

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