Knoxville man sentenced to 45 years behind bars for killing woman at ATM

4:36 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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A 22-year-old Knoxville man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to shooting and killing a Clinton woman who was getting money out of an ATM back in 2010.

Brandon James Johnson admitted to shooting Davida Nicholson just three days before Christmas in 2010 outside a North Knoxville Credit Union.

Bubba, Nicholson's son with autism, saw the shooting happen right in front of him.

On Wednesday, Johnson pleaded guilty to shooting Nicholson. Prosecutors reduced his felony murder charge to second degree murder since he agreed to serve 100-percent of his sentence. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, attempted first degree murder, and four counts of aggravated assault.

In total, the judge sentenced Johnson to 45 years for all those charges. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

Johnson would be eligible for parole after serving 85-percent of his sentence if he behaves well in prison.

Nicholson's daughter Morgan Burgin was at Wednesday's hearing. She says the sentencing brings a sense of closure.

"I asked the DA to accept the deal that was presented by the defense, if for no other reason than we wouldn't have to keep going through this for years to come," said Burgin. She says she's thankful for a little peace.

During the hearing, Johnson turned to Burgin and apologized.

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