Tampa Bay area man gets life in prison for killing, robbing neighbor


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LARGO, Florida — A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his neighbor.

A Pinellas County judge sentenced 62-year-old Sylvester Johnson after a jury found him guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. Jurors in a previous trial were unable to reach a verdict.

Authorities say Johnson stabbed 75-year-old William David Casey multiple times at the Palace Mobile Home Park and took his wallet.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://goo.gl/wUoybH ) reports that Johnson has been in prison five times since 1984 for convictions of burglary, drugs, kidnapping, sexual battery and dealing in stolen property.

Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Florida), http://www.tampabay.com.

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