TAMPA, Florida - It was mixed reactions Saturday from family members of Jennifer Johnson, after the man accused of killing her was sentenced.
Vincent Brown, Johnson's boyfriend and father of her child, was spared the death penalty and given life without parole. The jury first made the recommendation and shortly after, Judge William Fuente handed down the sentence.
"I'm content, because I really don't believe in the death penalty. But as long as he won't see the outside ever again, that's fine with me. Long as I know he won't hurt nobody else," said one of Johnson's aunts, Levery White.
"That's not what I wanted. I wanted the death penalty. That's what I wanted for him, 'cause she's dead. Why should he still be able to stay on this earth and she's not?" said another aunt, Sandra Dorsey.
Brown was found guilty Wednesday of the first-degree murder and kidnapping of Johnson. She was found dead in an abandoned home in Lakeland in 2008 after investigators say Brown strangled her, put a plastic bag over her head, and threw her in the trunk of a car.
The daughter of Johnson and Brown is 5 years old, and not only has to grow up without her mother but now also her father. Johnson's family members are raising her.