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Big Country pair sentenced to life in prison for attempted capital murder

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 11 2013 04:58:19 PM CDT
Myron McDonald & Christopher Johnson
SWEETWATER, Texas -

Two men have been sentenced to life in prison following attempted capital murder convictions Friday in connection to shots fired in January at a Department of Public Safety trooper.

Myron McDonald Junior and Christopher Johnson—both in their early 20s—were arrested January 21 after allegedly shooting at State Trooper Frank Casarez, leading him on a high-speed chase along Interstate 20 and then barricading themselves inside a Colorado City home in an approximate 11 hour standoff.

Their joint jury trial began Tuesday afternoon at the Nolan County Courthouse in Sweetwater. Defense attorneys attempted to prove that a male juvenile who was in the vehicle with McDonald and Johnson was the gunman; however, the jury found McDonald and Johnson guilty Friday afternoon.