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Killer gets death

Costa Mesa native lured a fellow gang member to Anaheim to be shot.

November 23, 2009

A judged sentenced convicted killer Billy Joe Johnson to death Monday for his role in the murder of a fellow gang member.

Johnson, 46, a Costa Mesa native, stated in previous testimony that he wanted the death penalty rather than life in prison without parole because those on death row get better treatment than prisoners in the general population.

Johnson lured fellow Public Enemy Number One gang member Scott Miller to his death — a shooter was waiting — in Anaheim in 2002. Johnson was already serving a 45-year term for killing a man with a claw hammer when he was called to account for the Miller killing.

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— Joseph Serna


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