Brownsville man sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting FedEx employee

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A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting a FedEx employee in the back after he made a delivery in a Brownsville public housing complex, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced Monday.

J’von Johnson, 25, was sentenced June 27 following his conviction last month on charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the late 2020 shooting.

According to court testimony, at approximately 11:15 am on Dec. 7, 2020, Johnson fired a handgun at close range at a uniformed FedEx employee who was leaving his building. The bullet entered the victim’s right shoulder and exited from his throat.

The 44-year old victim who was delivering packages to the Van Dyke housing development on Livonia Avenue, has since recovered.

According to Gonzalez, this is far from Johnson’s first brush with the law.

“This defendant has a long and violent criminal history, and the people of Brooklyn are safer with him in prison,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “While we believe in second chances, we have no tolerance for callous gun violence, and I hope this sentence allows the victim some solace.”

The entire incident was caught on video surveillance. Upon his arrest, Johnson identified himself as the man in the video and admitted to the shooting.

The district attorney’s office did not specify whether or not Johnson had a motive, or what else may have led to the shooting.