State high court upholds local murder conviction

Lyndon Bernard Johnson, Jr.

Lyndon Bernard Johnson, Jr.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Georgia Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of Lyndon Bernard Johnson Jr., who was convicted in 2009 of a 2007 killing at an Albany motel.

Johnson was found guilty in January 2009 of the Nov. 29, 2007 murder of Jeffrey Brandon Todd, 27, of Carrollton. Todd had come to Albany to take a job and was staying at the Motel 6 in East Albany when teenage gunmen burst into his room in a robbery attempt.

Todd fatally wounded one of the bandits, 17-year-old Jimmy Teemer, before he was slain. Teemer was the gunman in the murder, but prosecutors said Johnson was training him on how to commit an armed robbery.

A fourth Albany man, Benjamin Joshua Revills, was a lookout for the other three, authorities said.

Johnson was sentenced to life in prison, plus five years. He also was convicted on charges of possession of a firearm during a crime and robbery by sudden snatching. The High Court also upheld the sentences.

He is an inmate at Hancock State Prison.

A second defendant, Patrick R. Jackson, was found guilty in July 2009 on murder and possession of a firearm during a crime charges. He also received a life in prison sentence and is currently housed at Macon State Prison.

Revills, meanwhile, is serving sentences unconnected to the slaying. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, he is currently serving eight burglary sentences in the Dougherty County Jail. Seven are connected to a case on Oct. 26, 2007, and the eighth is for an offense on Dec. 10, 2010. That conviction carries a 20-year sentence.

Johnson was 18 and Jackson 17 when they killed Todd.