MCLOUTH, Kan. (AP) — Family members of a 16-year-old northeast Kansas student killed in Costa Rica in 2011 are hoping for a second round of justice in the teen’s death.
McLouth High School student Justin Johnston was in Costa Rica with other McLouth students and sponsors on a nine-day trip to the Central American nation. Johnston was shot by a security guard who mistook him for a thief.
A tribunal in Costa Rica convicted the security guard and sentenced him to 15 years in prison for shooting Justin. But an appellate court ordered a new trial, ruling that the trial judges hadn’t established their finding that the guard had fired the gun with intent to kill.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1eH4Fke ) Justin’s family is attending the new trial, which begins this week.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com