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Jury Finds Antonio "Smiley" Johnson Guilty On All Counts

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After three and a half hours of deliberation, jurors found the man accused of a drive-by shooting in Steubenville guilty on all counts.

Antonio "Smiley" Johnson was found guilty on single counts of attempted murder and felonious assault, with gun and gang specifications, having a weapon as a convicted felon and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle for an incident that took place July 2.

The trial began Tuesday in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court in front of Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. And ended Thursday afternoon with closing arguments by Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin and Defense Attorney Steven Stickles.

"We are very pleased obviously with the outcome of this case. I think it sends a great message that this jury is concerned about the gang and gun violence in the city of Steubenville and they want it to stop," Hanlin said.

Johnson's sentencing will take place Monday at 11 a.m. He could face more than 20 years in prison when taken into account attempted murder, felonious assault and the specifications for firearm, gang and the drive-by nature plus the fact that he is a convicted felon, according to Hanlin.

Hanlin says this is only the second gang case brought to trial.

"Because we want the citizens to understand what's happening in the city and want them to understand that this can be stopped. We had some very brave witnesses come forward in this case, come forward and cooperate with police, tell us what they knew and it's a good example that when the community cooperates like that, we can successfully prosecute these people and keep them off our streets," she said.

As for the other two men involved, Stedmund Creech is currently under indictment and is a wanted fugitive who is considered by authorities to be dangerous and possibly armed. Rolland Owens has been indicted and is waiting for his trial.