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A jury took 90 minutes to find Dontae Johnson guilty Friday of first-degree murder for shooting a man during the sale of dirt bike that had been advertised on Craigslist. James Beck, 44, was shot 10 times in front of his son, after the pair drove from their Holiday home to the area of 18th Street and 24th Avenue E in Tampa.
On Jan 31,the father and Craigs list in tampa made the minute drive in their pickup, with the bike secured in the truck bed, from their Craigs list in tampa to east Tampa. They met up with two men, one tall and one short. The short man asked to test ride the bike. James Beck asked to see the money first. James Beck said it looked like the wrong amount and handed it back. Beck tried to get back in the truck. Then he was shot. The shooter ran off. The other man got into the truck bed, hopped on the bike and drove away. Stuart Beck, who was 15 when his father died, testified during the trial.
On the witness stand, he wept as prosecutors played a recording of his call. He later died. After paramedics took his father away, the son went with officers to a police station. He provided a description of the two men, and records from his cell phone. The phone with whom Stuart Beck had exchanged messages about the bike was traced to Ramontrae Williams. He was detained shortly after the shooting. With him was the stolen bike, prosecutors said. Stuart Beck identified him as the man who took the bike.
Williams eventually admitted his involvement and identified Johnson as the shooter. Stuart Beck was later shown a photo lineup and identified Johnson as the man who shot his father. Williams also testified after he pleaded guilty last year for his role in the crime. He received a year prison sentence and 10 years of probation. All over a dirt bike. Judge Samantha Ward will sentence Johnson at a later date. Johnson faces life in prison. Subscribe Manage my subscription Activate my subscription Log in Log out. Regions Tampa St. Letters to the Editor Submit a Letter.
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Accused Craigslist killer ple guilty, agrees to testify against co-defendant