NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Forty-five years. That's how much time a New Orleans man will spend behind bars after pleading guilty Monday to the attempted murder of an Uptown resident who was shot in his driveway and left to die.
"This individual will be off the streets essentially for the rest of his life," Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said Monday.
Byron Johnson, 23, is responsible for shooting Sandy Kaynor in his driveway on Camp Street back in October of 2012, then robbing Kaynor's home as his wife and daughter slept inside.
Johnson pleaded guilty to the shooting and multiple other crimes Monday morning.
"I'm just grateful that the wife, Ms. Kaynor, can have a little piece of mind now," neighbor Rebecca Noland said.
The crime rocked the Uptown neighborhood the Kaynor's call home and left 56-year-old Sandy Kaynor paralyzed and unable to speak.
"This was a very horrible crime, this victim, this family will suffer from this for the rest of their lives," Cannizzaro said.
Cannizzaro said Byron Johnson was a member of the Marley gang based in New Orleans East. While the city actively tries to crack down on gangs, Cannizzaro finds as more and more members are thrown in jail, the gangs don't necessarily die.
"We have found other groups of individuals that have now surfaced and they are sort of picking up where their predecessor, gang members, have left off," Cannizzaro explained.
Often times, older members are recruiting teens to commit violent acts. In the Kaynor case, police arrested two others with Johnson who are accused of participating in the shooting and robbery.
One was just 16 at the time.
"Many of the violent offenders in New Orleans today are young people," Cannizzaro said.
Devante Billy and Charles Carter Jr. are scheduled to go on trial later this fall.
Johnson's plea meanwhile, provides some peace of mind to Kaynor's neighbors.
"It's horrible, yes, so I'm glad someone is paying for it," Tim Duffy said.
But they say they still worry about their safety after such an unprovoked, random attack.
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