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Marine vet convicted in New Year’s shooting of Texas student

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Eric Johnson, left, was found guilty in the killing of Sara Mutschlechner on Jan. 1, 2016. Denton County District Attorney’s Office. Courtesy

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A Marine vet has been convicted in the New Year’s Day 2016 fatal shooting of a University of North Texas student when people in two vehicles argued after a party.

Jurors in Denton on Monday convicted 21-year-old  of murder in the death of 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner of Martindale. Johnson was a corporal on active duty at the time of the murder and faces up to life in prison in the penalty phase.

Denton police say people from both vehicles attended the same New Year’s Eve party. An affidavit says the shooting happened when men in an SUV made sexual remarks toward Mutschlechner, who was driving another vehicle, and a female riding with her.

Johnson was later arrested at a Marine Corps facility in Yuma, Arizona, then discharged.

He was associated with an address in Fort Worth, 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Denton.

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