News: Man Found Guilty Of Murdering T.I. Associate, Philant Johnson

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2008 10:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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Hosea Thomas has been found guilty for the May 2006 murder of rap star T.I.'s close friend and assistant Philiant Johnson.

According to the Associated Press, jurors in Cincinnati today (November 26) convicted Thomas for the fatal shooting of Johnson during a gunfire exchange with Tip's entourage two years ago. He is also being convicted of felonious assault in addition to illegally possessing a gun after a felony conviction.

If given the maximum penalty, Thomas could be placed behind bars for life.

As previously reported by SOHH, the convicted murderer's former girlfriend, Kim Sweeten, surprisingly took the stand yesterday (November 25) claiming Thomas had left Club Ritz where a physical altercation took place between his crew and Tip's entourage but returned to their home.

Despite her testimony, Hosea's brother, Padron, who was involved in the shoot-out, recently stepped forward to testify against him last week. By doing so, Padron no longer faces prison time related to the murder of Johnson.

Tip also testified last Friday (November 21) detailing the events that took place between both camps.

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