Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing 3 Will Be Eligible For Parole

A 19-year-old Humboldt County triple murderer has been sentenced to 150 years to life in prison, but he’ll be eligible for parole in 25 years. Mauricio Johnson of Loleta pleaded guilty to the killings in October. 40-year-olds Nikki Metcalf and Margarett Moon, along with 16-year-old Shelly Autumn Mae Moon, were shot to death at a home on the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Reservation in February of last year. Johnson fled hundreds of miles but was taken into custody in Utah after a chase by the Utah Highway Patrol. If the case had gone to trial, the sentence could have been life without the possibility of parole, but prosecutors say the sentence means Johnson will have a parole hearing in 25 years according to California law because he committed the crimes under the age of 26.