Convicted murderer to be considered for parole Wednesday

Published 7:54 pm Friday, January 17, 2020

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A Troy man convicted of murder in 1999 will be considered for parole on Wednesday 22 years after the crime.

Diakist Johnson was convicted of driving a vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting of 19-year-old Larry Laron Tucker on Montgomery Street on July 30, 1997.

The shooter, Tony Deangelo Tuck, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to a charge of capital murder.

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Johnson also pleaded guilty to a charge of murder in exchange for a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Assistant District Attorney Jon Folmar said this was not a case of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the passenger of the vehicle acting alone.

“(Johnson) was an active participant in the murder,” Folmar said. “He actually spotted the victim and turned the car around so that the shooter could shoot the victim. We are protesting the parole at the hearing on behalf of the state and the victims.”

According to testimony, Tucker was standing in the driveway of 135 Montgomery Street talking to friends, who were in a car, when gunfire erupted less than half an hour after Tuck threatened to kill him.

Johnson’s parole hearing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 22.