TROY, NY (NEWS 10) – A New York City man will spend ten years in prison in connection with the murder of a Troy teenager.
17-year-old Jason Johnson, of the Bronx, pleaded guilty to first degree assault Tuesday in Rensselaer County Court.
He was initially facing second degree murder charges in the death of 16-year-old Eshane Walker. Walker was stabbed to death in July of 2014 at a house party on Second Avenue in Lansingburgh. Johnson’s defense attorney, Joseph Ahearn, tells News10, the charges were downgraded because there were too many indications that Johnson could have been acting in self-defense based on postings on social media and evidence found at the scene. There were also conflicting accounts from witnesses, something Walker’s mother says could have given her son justice if they had simply told the truth.
“I believe that boy went there with the intent to kill someone and my son was the victim,” Tyronda Walker told News 10. “All they [friends] had to do was tell. It’s not snitchin’. If you loved your friend, tell, that’s why he’s only serving ten years.”
Johnson will face an additional five years of post release supervision after his release.