McRae sentenced to life in prison

Staff report



SIDNEY — A Sidney man will be spending at least 40 years in prison.

Troy Delano McRae Jr., 34, of Sidney, was sentenced Tuesday in Shelby County Common Pleas Court for his role in the death of Lance Johnson, 38, of Sidney. McRae was found guilty of aggravated murder by a 12-person jury in September of the stabbing to death Johnson during a burglary of Johnson’s apartment on North Miami Avenue.

McRae received a life sentence with the possibility of parole after he has served 30 years of his sentence.

According to Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell, McRae was also accused of being a repeat violent offender. A hearing was held Tuesday to determine if he was a repeat violent offender. The hearing determined the fact to be true.

“Because he was found to be a repeat violent offender,” said Sell, “ten years was added to the beginning of his sentence. He will have to serve all 10 years of the sentence. At the conclusion of the 10 years, the life sentence will commence.

“So he won’t be eligible for 40 years for parole,” he said. “Thisis a man with a ciminal record of violence. This (Johnson’s death) was a very brutal killing. The penalty he received was appropriate.

McRae will be transported to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. He will be given credit for 231 days which he has served at the Shelby County Jail.

He was also ordered to pay all costs of prosecution and any fees permitted for judgments are awarded.

Johnson was found dead in his apartment after being stabbed 10 times on March 12, 2017, with law enforcement concluding that the assailant was looking for money or drugs, as testimony given during the trial said that Johnson was known to sell drugs. McRae was arrested for Johnson’s death on March 22.

Sidney Police officers were dispatched at 3:41 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, to the North Miami Avenue residence to check on the welfare of a resident. Upon their arrival, officers discovered the body of a man, which has now been identified as Johnson, inside the residence.

Johnson’s body was transported to the Coroner’s Office for autopsy and positive identification. Preliminary investigation indicated Johnson’s death was due to suspicious circumstances.

McRae was arrested March 22 in Lima after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.


Staff report