16-year-old sentenced to life in prison in shooting death of 19-year-old

Joshua Joyner could be released after 40 years because he is minor

SAN ANTONIO – A 16-year-old who is accused of shooting a 19-year-old to death last summer in what Bexar County deputies called a setup for a robbery was found guilty.

Joshua Joyner, 16, looked stoic as he stood up for the verdict in his case, as well as his sentencing.

“The jury having returned the verdict of guilt on the charge of capital murder, the court has sentenced you to life in prison,” the judge said.

Joyner did get life in prison, but because he’s a minor, he’s eligible to get out after 40 years, which mean he would be in his 50s if he gets out then.

Jurors got the case about 11 a.m. Monday morning after closing arguments. In a week of testimony, prosecutors laid out their evidence against Joyner, who is accused of shooting and killing Albert Nelson, 19 in a robbery setup last year.

Authorities said Joyner planned to steal marijuana from Nelson. When Joyner shot Nelson, Nelson managed to drive to his home, where he later died.

Joyner was not subject to the death penalty because he is a minor.

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