Teens convicted of murder in stray bullet shooting incident

Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 6:14pm

Two teenagers will both serve at least 51 years in prison for their roles in the 2009 death of Loren Johnson, who was struck by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting.

A Davidson County jury Thursday afternoon convicted Martez Matthews, 19, and DeAngelo Moody, 18, of first-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence. Each must serve 51 years before being eligible for parole.

Ortago Thomas, 19, still faces charges in the case. Though juveniles at the time of the shooting, the three were transferred to adult court on the charges.

On April 25, 2009, shots were fired at an individual from a car in which Matthews and Moody were riding. The shots missed the intended target but passed through a wall of a home on Chesapeake Drive and hit 16-year-old Johnson while she read in her bedroom. 

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