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Press Release

Peter Henry Sentenced to 60 Years for 2014 Murder of Marvell Johnson

May 11, 2017

(Anchorage, AK) – Yesterday, 19-year-old Peter Henry was sentenced to spend the next 60 years in prison for causing the death of Marvell Johnson in October 2014. Superior Court Judge Kevin Saxby accepted the plea agreement between the State and Henry which included an additional 20 years of suspended jail time and 10 years on probation. Henry previously pled guilty to murder in the first degree in December 2016.

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, an Anchorage Police Department School Resource Officer learned that Henry claimed to have shot Marvell Johnson, his foster father, the previous evening in Johnson’s East Anchorage home. Anchorage Police Officers went to Johnson’s residence on Island Drive and found Johnson deceased in an upstairs bedroom. The subsequent autopsy revealed that Johnson had been shot multiple times in the neck, chest, forearm, torso, and back.

Judge Saxby explained that the murder was a crime of premeditation and that prior efforts at rehabilitation had failed. Judge Saxby commented that the need to confine Henry is particularly high because of the seriousness of his crime, the impact on the victim’s family, and the danger that Henry poses to the public.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or

More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at

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