Sentence reduced for man convicted of killing RIT professor

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By Spectrum News Staff

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The man convicted in 2014 of killing an RIT professor has had that conviction reduced.

Jerrell Henry was convicted of first degree murder in the death of Edline Chun and was serving a life sentence. An appeallate court has reduced that conviction to second degree murder.

Henry and his girlfriend Natalie Johnson shot and killed Chun inside her Hazelwood Terrace home in February 2013. Chun’s body was found several days later dumped in nearby Tryon Park.

In a majority decision, appeals judges found there was insufficient evidence to prove Henry was in fact the one who shot and killed Chun during the home invasion robbery.

The judges say Johnson was also in the house at the time, and prosecutors presented no evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt who actually pulled the trigger.

Natalie Johnson was sentenced to 25-years to life in prison for her role in the murder.

Judges agree there was enough evidence to convict Henry on the second degree murder charges.

Henry is scheduled to be re-sentenced Wednesday morning.

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