A man who was found guilty of attempted murder and other charges after he broke into a home and opened fire at its occupants lost his appeal yesterday.
The Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the appeal of Quincy Johnson.
Johnson, 37, was convicted of burglary, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and two counts of attempted murder in 2015 and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
According to the evidence presented at trial, on June 23, 2012, Kasheena Barry, Earl Carey and Rawden Barry were asleep in their home at Ruth Boyd Subdivision, off Carmichael Road, when Kasheena Barry was awakened around 3:30 a.m.
Johnson, who was partially through her bedroom window, pointed a gun at her, the court heard. Johnson fired at her as she ran away. Carey, who woke up during the commotion, ran to Barry’s bedroom where Johnson raised his gun towards Carey’s head and fired.
Carey then charged Johnson and grabbed his hand as he tried to prevent Johnson from pointing the gun at him.
Johnson left after the struggle, which lasted for about two minutes.
Johnson’s lawyer, Sonia Timothy, argued that the case should have been withdrawn from the jury at the close of the prosecution’s case and that the conviction was unsafe and unsound.
Only one of the witnesses identified Johnson during a police lineup.
However, Court of Appeal President Sir Hartman Longley and Justices of Appeal Roy Jones and Sir Michael Barnett (acting) declined to overturn the jury’s verdict.