A Shreveport teen was sentenced to juvenile life in prison after pleading guilty in Caddo Parish Juvenile Court Thursday, May 27, 2021, to an armed robbery earlier this year.
Traylon Johnson, 17, received the sentence — incarceration until age 21 — from Juvenile Judge Ree Casey-Jones in connection with a shooting incident that occurred early March 17, 2021 at the intersection of Hearne Avenue and Murphy Street in central Shreveport. That was where Johnson’s 13-year-old co-defendant shot at another teenager. The victim was driving his mother’s car at 4 a.m. and had picked up Johnson and three other juveniles to “look for girls.” By 5:50 a.m., the juvenile passengers all pulled guns on the driver and stole the vehicle, with one of the juveniles, the 13-year-old, firing several shots at the victim after he refused to give them his cell phone. In all, seven shell casings were found.
Johnson was sought by police for this crime and was captured and arrested a month later after he and two other juveniles crashed another stolen car into the New Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church on Jewella Avenue in Shreveport at 4 p.m. on a Sunday. No church members were injured.
The co-defendants in these two incidents await trial at Caddo Juvenile Court.
Johnson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jerry Deason Jr.