An Omaha gang member was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the August 2015 murder of fellow gang member Garion Johnson.
Marcus Short, 29, will serve the term for the August 2015 shooting of Johnson, 19, outside Johnson’s girlfriend’s house on Fontenelle Boulevard near 42nd Street.
Short and a co-defendant, Preston Pope, had accused Johnson of using a semiautomatic rifle to shoot and kill Randell Busch, a peer of Short’s and Pope’s and a fellow member of their gang, about a month before the shooting of Johnson.
Two days before Johnson’s slaying, prosecutors allege, Pope and Short set a fire outside the back door of a home where they believed Johnson was. DePrecia Neelon, 23, came out to try to put out the fire and was shot repeatedly. She died.
Short had been accused of the slaying of Neelon, but jurors acquitted him of that charge.
A co-defendant, Preston Pope, was convicted of both murders and is serving a life term. A third man, Shadow Harlan, who was 15 at the time of the slayings, is awaiting trial in that case.
Omaha police found the getaway car from the Johnson shooting in a driveway of the home of Johnson’s grandmother. In his bedroom, they found muddy clothes and two of the guns used to kill Johnson and Neelon.
Douglas County District Judge Horacio Wheelock tacked on 147 years to 150 years to Short’s sentence for three weapons charges.
He also sentenced Short to one to two years in prison for tampering with a jury. Short orchestrated a scheme in which he and five others tried to bribe a juror with a $5,000 down payment and $5,000 upon a not-guilty verdict.
That half-baked plot was caught shortly after it was attempted — and resulted in the judge declaring a mistrial.
The trial was rescheduled for late January, and Short was convicted after a six-week trial.
Asked if he had anything to say before the judge imposed the sentence, Short responded: “Nah, I’m good.”
“I just wanted him to look at me,” Cherie Carter-Benson, Johnson’s mother, said after the sentencing. “We cry every day. My family has suffered so much.”