Gunman convicted for 2008 contract murder in Northwest Baltimore

A man who served as the gunman in a 2008 contract murder was convicted Wednesday of all charges, according to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein.
 
The charges against George Johnson, 50, include first-degree murder and two handgun violations. He is scheduled for sentencing on April 23 and faces a maximum of two life terms plus 25 years in prison, according to a news release.
 
On July 29, 2008, Johnson and co-conspirator, Derrick Toomer, lured Ralph Hall into a public school parking lot in Northwest Baltimore under the ruse that they would provide him with assistance for his struggling bail bonds business.
 
When Hall arrived, Johnson entered his car and fatally shot him in the chest and back, prosecutors said.
 
According to testimony at Toomer’s trial, Toomer organized the attack and hired Johnson for a couple thousand dollars to kill Hall. 
 
Toomer was convicted March 15, 2013, of all counts, including first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison.
 
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