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Man found guilty in stepfather's murder

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Farren Scott Johnson (Source: SCMPD) Farren Scott Johnson (Source: SCMPD)

According to the Office of Eastern Judicial Circuit/Chatham County District Attorney, a jury has found Farren Scott Johnson, 29, of Savannah, guilty of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime for his involvement in the 2008 death of his stepfather, Clarence Alston, 43.

Assistant District Attorney Frank Pennington told the jury that on May 28, 2008, Johnson and Alston were at their East 53rd Street residence in Savannah. Alston was watching television in the living room when without provocation Johnson shot him four times in the head with a .38 caliber firearm.

Johnson then walked outside into the front yard and waited for his mother to get back from work. When Johnson's mother arrived, he told her about the evening's events. His mother called 911 at approximately 8:40 p.m. Police responded to the scene and took Johnson into custody.

Johnson's attorneys argued that he was not guilty by reason of insanity but the defense was rejected by the jury, who returned a verdict of guilty, but mentally ill. Johnson will now be required to serve his sentence in prison, where he will receive mental health treatment. Sentencing will take place on a later date. 

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