Johnson pleads guilty to murder of Josh Burgo

Johnson pleads guilty to murder of Josh Burgo

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Tuesday that Darrell “Damage” Johnson, 20, with a last known address of 69 John Street, Pawtucket, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert Krause to second degree murder for the July 2012 murder of Joshua Burgo.

Johnson was sentenced to 60 years, with 32.5 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, on the count of murder, and 10 years, to run concurrent, on the count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Had the case proceeded to trial, prosecutors were prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on July 6, 2012, Johnson shot Burgo in the chest behind the Nathanael Greene School Middle School in Pawtucket following an altercation between two groups. After murdering Burgo, Johnson fled the state and was later apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Virginia. He was extradited to Rhode Island, arraigned and has been held without bail on the murder charge.

“The lives of two young men were irrevocably changed by this senseless murder. Joshua Burgo was only 20 when his life was tragically cut short by 18-year-old Darrell Johnson, who brazenly shot and killed him in cold blood, leaving him to die on the ground behind an (elementary) school,” said Kilmartin in a statement. “Although Darrell Johnson attempted to flee, his attempt to evade justice was thwarted.”

Pawtucket Police Detectives David Silva and Donti Rosciti led the investigation. Special Assistant Attorney General Roger Demers prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.