Former FBI Agent Adrian Johnson, convicted of speeding, drunk driving, in crash that killed Lawrence Garner Jr., sentenced to 18 months

3:22 AM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA/AP) - The mother of Lawrence Garner Jr. walked into Friday's sentencing carrying the picture of the last time she ever saw her son.

"This is my son, this is the last picture I have of my son....this is how he left," she said.

Former FBI agent Adrian Johnson was convicted in October of speeding and driving drunk when he crashed into 18-year-old Lawrence Garner's car.

Garner was killed almost instantly. Robert Mitchell II, his friend in the passenger seat, was seriously injured. And Johnson, who was off duty the time, had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. 

The prosecution, and Garner's family, argued that if anyone should know better than to drive that drunk, it's an FBI agent. That's why they pushed for the maximum sentence of 13 years.

But the defense asked the judge for a much more lenient sentence, and got it. Johnson was sentenced to 18 months. His lawyer argued in court that the crash was unavoidable and not his client's fault. He has said he will appeal the conviction. 

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