Eric Johnson, a 21-year-old ex-Marine, has been found guilty of shooting a 20-year-old sorority sister in the head on New Year’s Day 2016. However, despite the fact that Johnson was found guilty, he will avoid the death penalty.
Johnson, 21, was found guilty of murder in Denton County, Texas, on Monday, July 31, in the death of 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner of Martindale, Texas.
While Johnson avoided the death penalty, he still faces life in prison.
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Mutschlechner, who was a junior student at the University of North Texas, was also the philanthropy chair of her Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. On the night of New Year’s Eve, Mutschlechner and friends were driving home a party around 2AM when a black SUV pulled up next to them.
According to an affidavit, the men in the SUV, including Johnson, made sexual remarks toward Mutschlechner and her friends. Denton police say that both parties had been at the same New Year’s Eve party.
An argument broke out, which led the car Johnson was in drive through the intersection. This is when Johnson fired several rounds at Mutschlechner’s Sedan, striking Mutschlechner in the head.
Mutschlechner was taken to hospital where she was placed on life support. She was pronounced dead hours later on January 1, 2016.