MCDONOUGH, GA – A Henry County man was sentenced to serve life in prison after a jury convicted him of shooting and killing his 24-year-old best friend.
A Henry County jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday evening against Princeton Mitchell-Johnson, 27, on two counts of felony murder and one count each of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of firearm during the commission of a felony.
Following the verdict, Henry County Superior Court Judge Pandora E. Palmer sentenced Mitchell-Johnson to life without parole plus 15 years to serve.
Mitchell-Johnson contacted via FaceTime his best friend Voiese Pinn late on Jan. 29, 2020. A few minutes later, Pinn met the defendant at their neighborhood’s pavilion on Annadale Drive in McDonough.
The defendant then pulled out a .38 revolver and fired three shots at Pinn, striking him in the head and twice in the side.
Mitchell-Johnson left the victim’s dead body in the pavilion. A neighbor walking his dog called police the next afternoon when he spotted Pinn’s dead body in the pavilion.
An autopsy found each one of the shots were fatal.
Evidence at trial showed Mitchell-Johnson, a convicted felon, bought the revolver illegally. Police later executed a search warrant at Mitchell-Johnson’s home and found the revolver used to kill Pinn inside the defendant’s bedroom.
The revolver matched a spent round found at the scene near the victim’s body, as well as two spent rounds lodged in his body.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Deborah Venuto and Assistant District Attorney Selwin Patterson, as well as the District Attorney’s Homicide and Gang Unit.