NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The wife and son of an Uptown man left paralyzed after being shot during a robbery will head to court Tuesday to give victim impact testimony.
In October of 2012, police say Byron Johnson, 23, and two others approached Sandy Kaynor in his driveway on Camp Street, shot him and then robbed his house while his wife and daughter slept. The 56-year-old was left paralyzed and unable to speak.
Johnson pleaded guilty to the crime Monday. A judge sentenced him to 45 years in prison.
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro called Monday's guilty plea and stiff sentence a small victory for the Kaynor family. However, he stressed there are many more victims in New Orleans still seeking justice.
"Sure, we are getting a bad individual off the street as a result of this conviction today, but there are still a lot of people out there that have committed acts that are just as violent, just as egregious and we are going after them just as aggressively," he said.
Cannizzaro says Johnson was a member of the Marley gang based in New Orleans East.
His two co-defendants will stand trial later this fall.
Grace Kaynor and her son are expected in the courtroom on Tuesday.