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Birdland shooter gets 30 years

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Alvin Lionel Brown of Jackson has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a September 2009 shooting at Birdland Restaurant and Lounge in Jackson.

Witnesses say Brown pulled out a .40 caliber pistol as he fought with a man inside the nightclub. The gun went off multiple times as the men wrestled over it.

Four bystanders were seriously wounded, including one victim who is paralyzed. Yatasha Marie Johnson, of Pearl, was fatally shot in the head. She was a week shy of her 27th birthday.

On November 15, 2013, Brown was convicted by a Hinds County jury of Manslaughter and four counts of Aggravated Assault.

He was sentenced Wednesday by Hinds County Circuit Judge William A. Gowan to serve 20 years for Manslaughter (the maximum sentence for this offense) and 10 years for four counts of Aggravated Assault. These sentences will run consecutively, for a total of 30 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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