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Man Pleads Guilty To Weapon Charge In State Trooper Shooting

Posted October 3, 2006 5:00 a.m. EDT

— A man accused of shooting a state trooper several times has entered a plea in court.

Marvin Johnson, 28, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Authorities said Johnson shot Trooper J.C. Horniak in the chest during a Cumberland County traffic stop on Nov. 28, 2005.

Investigators say the shooting came after Horniak saw a Virginia license plate falling off a beat-up green Oldsmobile and directed the driver to stop just inside Cumberland County.

Horniak was shot as he walked along the car's passenger side toward the trunk and the driver also walked to the back of the car.

At the time, Johnson was wanted for violating his parole for a 1994 second-degree murder conviction, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Raleigh.

Horniak, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, survived the shooting.

Sentencing on the gun charge has been set for Jan. 9. Johnson still faces attempted murder charges.