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Woman convicted for 2019 shooting death of man over a bike in Central Bakersfield

Posted at 2:02 AM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2020-11-12 17:13:12-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Marvinesha Johnson, the woman who police said shot a man after he stopped her from attempting to steal a bike, was found guilty of second-degree murder for that man's death, the Kern County District Attorney's Office announced.

Brent Cannady was shot by Johnson near the 3300 block of Q Street on August 5, 2019. Police said before the shooting, Cannady and a friend had left an apartment to investigate noises heard outside. They found Johnson outside attempting to steal the friend's bike, police said.

The two men retrieved the bike from Johnson, who began yelling at Cannady. Johnson followed the men back to the apartment and threatened to kill Cannady before pulling a firearm from her bag and firing four shots at Cannady, police said.

Cannady was struck four times by the shots, which were fired less than five feet away from the victim. He died the next day.

Less than 15 minutes after the shooting, police found Johnson about a block away from the crime scene with a 9mm handgun that was determined by police to be the involved-weapon.

Police said when they interviewed Johnson about the shooting, she became irate at officers, even throwing a chair at detectives.

Johnson was convicted of second-degree murder along with enhancements for personally discharging a firearm causing death, and resisting/delaying a peace officer.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10 and faces up 40 years to life in prison.