• Judge denies release request of man convicted of beating teen


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Friday afternoon, 37-year-old Gary Leroy Johnson was back in front of a judge to throw himself on the mercy of the court.

    In 2012, Johnson was convicted of beating up a teenager in a fight that was caught on video.

    He fainted as the jury's verdict was read. Friday, his defense detailed a host of mental health issues before and after Johnson's conviction.

    "I still have, just, anxiety attacks," Johnson told the judge.

    Johnson was sentenced to 47 months in prison, plus probation. However, he was allowed to stay out of custody on appeal. That ended last month when his conviction and sentence were upheld.

    Johnson's last hope for an early release was returning to the judge who sentenced him.

    "The defendant's motion to mitigate sentence is denied," Brevard Circuit Judge Morgan Reinman declared.

    The mother of the teenager who Johnson fought has said her son was changed by the fight, too. And on Friday, she agreed with the judge's decision not to reduce Johnson's sentence.

    "I believe that justice has been served," said Nancy Mace, the victim's mother.

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