Former Texas A&M WR Thomas Johnson has been on trial for the 2015 murder of a jogger — 53-year-old David Stevens — this week.
He pleaded not guilty to the crime, and the case proceeded finally after years of Johnson’s lawyers trying to get him declared mentally unfit for trial.
On Wednesday, the jurors returned their recommended sentence, and now the former Aggie will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder:
#Breaking: Thomas Johnson has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Dave Stevens
— LaVendrick Smith (@LaVendrickS) May 1, 2019
Johnson was diagnosed with schizophrenia after the murder, and Johnson’s dad said his mother wouldn’t allow him to be evaluated:
Johnson’s dad is testifying. Said he wanted to have his son’s mental health evaluated early into his days at A&M, but Johnson’s mom wouldn’t allow it. Johnson@didn’t receive help until after he stepped away from the school.
— LaVendrick Smith (@LaVendrickS) April 30, 2019
Johnson played for the Aggies in 2012, recording 30 catches for 339 yards and a touchdown. He then left the team the next year.