Young Dolph Murder Suspect Justin Johnson Sentenced To Prison For Prior Federal Violation

Also known as rapper Straight Drop, the 23-year-old has pled guilty relating to a past weapons charge.

Justin Johnson, also known as aspiring rapper Straight Drop, has been in custody as one of three murder suspects allegedly involved in Young Dolph death and was reportedly sentenced to two years in prison for a prior federal violation.

According to ActionNews5 on Tuesday, Apr. 12, Johnson, 23, pled guilty to violating the terms of his supervised release relating to a past weapons charge. The violations include “not being regularly employed, missing mandatory drug screenings and therapy, failing to seek permission before leaving the jurisdiction, and being arrested.”

Johnson was arrested in connection with Young Dolph’s murder last November alongside 32-year-old Cornelius Smith. Johnson faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm, and theft of property over $10,000.

RELATED: Young Dolph Murder Suspect Attacked In Jail

After reportedly being attacked in jail in March, TMZ said that Johnson’s attorney Juni Ganguli said that the incident was likely in retaliation for Dolph’s November 2021 murder. Authorities at Shelby County Jail confirmed that an investigation is underway.

Young Dolph was shot and killed in November 2021 while picking up baked goods at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies in his hometown of Memphis. Johnson and Smith were apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Indiana. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals, and the Memphis Police Department had been on a nationwide manhunt for Johnson for less than a week.

Shundale Barnett, 27, was listed as a third suspect in the shooting death and was arrested just days later. U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller revealed during a press conference that Barnett has been charged with being an “after-the-fact accessory” to first-degree murder, saying at the time, “It’s a big deal. We’re proud of the work that everybody you see standing up here has done and even some that you don’t see. There are a lot of unseen heroes that participated in the case … I think we are the best of the best. We get results and today’s announcement demonstrates that.”

Dolph’s autopsy results revealed he suffered 22 gunshot wounds, as he was shot in the chest, abdomen, chin, neck, shoulder, both arms, and multiple times in the back.


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