A former Texas A&M wide receiver found guilty earlier this week of using a machete to murder a jogger on White Rock Trail in 2015 was sentenced to life for his crime.
Jurors delivered the maximum sentence Wednesday to Thomas Johnson after only about an hour of deliberation, USA Today reported. The sentence came after defense attorneys argued he deserved leniency because he was not in his right state of mind during the crime.
Johnson was convicted of waiting on White Rock Trail and attacking 53-year-old running enthusiast and mechanical engineer Dave Stevens.
After the killing, Johnson borrowed the phone of a Dallas Parks worker and called 911. He told authorities he had “committed capital murder.”
Johnson was originally deemed unfit to stand trial in 2016 after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. He underwent treatment and a reevaluation before his trial this year.