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November 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Woman's death 13 years after shooting could bring new charges

The recent death of a Kent woman from complications from a gunshot wound she suffered 13 years ago could result in new criminal charges against the man who shot her, the King County Sheriff’s Office says.

Lakessha Johnson (c/o Department of Corrections)

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Lakessha LaShawn Johnson, 34, died Nov. 8 from injuries related to the 1998 shooting. Kent police Lt. Patrick Lowery said Johnson was found dead at her home.

King County sheriff’s detectives plan to meet with prosecutors this week to determine if additional charges will be filed against the man convicted of shooting Johnson in November 1998.

Johnson was a passenger in the front seat of a car that was leaving the Skyway Bowl when she was shot, the Sheriff’s Office said. Ronnie Brown, who was in the back seat, said he picked up a bag that contained a gun and it went off, striking Johnson in the back.

The shooting left Johnson a paraplegic.

Brown served approximately two years in prison for the shooting, the Sheriff’s Office said. He is currently in prison on unrelated charges.

Earlier, police had said the shooting occurred in 1996. But it actually happened in 1998, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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