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Former FBI agent found guilty in drunk-driving crash that killed teen in Brandywine

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Lawrence Garner Jr. Lawrence Garner Jr.
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A Prince George's County jury has found a former FBI agent guilty of killing a Maryland teenager in a drunk-driving car crash last year.

At the time, Adrian Johnson had just been promoted to protect the life of the U.S. Attorney General.

It took the jury just two hours to find Johnson guilty of homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated and a half dozen related charges.

The 38-year-old Johnson is spending his first night in jail since that horrific collision on North Keys Road in Brandywine in February 2011.

"Time and time again, the law officer gets slapped on the wrist and just gets away with it, says the victim's father, Lawrence Garner. "But this time, I'm glad that everything came out OK."

Garner's son, Lawrence Jr., known as "JR," was just 18 years old when he was killed. His best friend and passenger, Robert Mitchell II, was seriously injured when Garner drove out of a friend's driveway and into the path of Johnson's speeding SUV.

Johnson was off duty at the time of the crash. His attorney says they will appeal the verdicts.

"We thought that the vehicle that he struck pulled out of a blind intersection in the middle of the night," says lawyer Robert Bonsib. "The evidence was there was about two seconds to react to that unforeseen development, and it was our position that a stone-sober driver would have run into that vehicle."

Prosecutors say Johnson was doing 58 mph in a 40 mph zone and was highly intoxicated at the time of the crash.

"More than three times the legal limit," says Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. "It was .25 and this was taken three hours after his arrest, and so we believe it could have been even higher than that."

JR Garner was a graduate of Gwynn Park High School, worked at Home Depot, and talked about going to college and becoming a state trooper.

"He was going to do something big," his father says. "I knew that he was going to be successful at whatever he did because he was a go-getter."

State's Attorney Alsobrooks says the guilty verdicts send a message to the community.

"Absolutely no person in this county is above the law," says Alsobrooks. "You drink, you drive, you speed and we'll prosecute to the fullest extent of the law."

Johnson faces up to 13 years in prison. He will be sentenced on December 14.

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