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Sentencing: 73-year-old man gets five-years for shooting death

North side Indianapolis incident in January
Older man sentenced in January shooting death.
Posted at 3:50 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 15:54:14-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A 73-year-old Indianapolis man has been sentenced in the January shooting death of his 76-year-old friend.

At a Monday hearing, a Marion County judge sentenced Harley Edmonds to five-years. Of that, Edmonds will spend one-year in community corrections and four-years in prison.

The incident happened in the 7800 block of Marquis Lane, near West 79th Street and Township Line Road. Police said George Johnson was found outside the home, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to nearby St. Vincent Hospital, but did not survive.

Before he died, Johnson told police that his friend, Edmonds, had shot him and was still inside the house. Edmonds refused to come out and SWAT officers were called to the scene. After about three-hours, he surrendered.

A disagreement of some sort between the two men prompted the shooting, according to police.

Edmonds was charged with murder, reckless homicide, and battery by means of a deadly weapon. As part of a plea agreement, the murder and battery charges were dropped, in exchange for a guilty plea to reckless homicide.