ALOHA, Ore. -- A Beaverton man was found guilty of murdering his daughter's ex-boyfriend by gunning him down in an Aloha Thriftway parking lot last year.
A Washington County Jury found Jeffrey Johnson guilty of murder and unlawful use of a weapon late Wednesday afternoon. He now faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
Johnson shot Ryan Johnson, 22, six times in the head, neck and arm in broad daylight outside the grocery store. Jeffrey, 54, admitted shooting Ryan, but his attorneys argued throughout the trial that he snapped because he was scared for the safety of his grandchild. Attorneys used this reasoning to pushed for a manslaughter conviction, which would have carried a shorter sentence.
Ryan was the father of a now 5-year-old son with Jeffrey's daughter. Although the two men shared the same last name, they were not related.
Before the shooting, the two men had argued numerous times over custody of the boy. During the trial, Jeffrey’s attorney said this long-running dispute caused "extreme emotional disturbance" which led to his client losing control on the day he shot Ryan.
The state countered that the murder was well-planned and calculated and therefore Jeffrey should be convicted of murder, instead of the lesser manslaughter charge. In the end, the jury sided with them.
If Jeffrey's attorneys had won the manslaughter conviction, he would have faced 10 years in prison, due to Measure 11 rules.
Jeffrey's official sentencing in court has been scheduled for March 20th.