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Chicago Police Officer Richard Francis fatally shot in 2008

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Francis was shot in the head with his gun July 2, 2008 while struggling with Robin Johnson.

He was responding to a disturbance on a CTA bus at Belmont and Western.

Johnson was charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

 

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A woman was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for killing a Chicago police officer.

The widow of Officer Richard Francis declared she cannot forgive his killer for tearing her family apart.

Deborah Francis told the judge she has no closure five years later.  Robin Johnson shot Officer Francis with his own gun after a scuffle on a CTA bus near Belmont and Western.

She reportedly struggled with mental illness.

A sobbing Johnson said she was sorry and deserved what she got.

A Cook County jury tonight convicted a woman of the 2008 murder of Chicago police Officer Richard Francis but acquitted her of charges that she shot at other officers responding to the scene.

Attorneys for Robin Johnson, 50, had suggested the shooting was accidental, telling jurors that the officer’s gun went off as the two wrestled after the officer allegedly body-slammed her.

Francis, 60, a 27-year veteran officer, was shot with his own gun while investigating a seemingly routine assignment while on patrol.

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A woman on trial for the shooting death of Chicago police officer Richard Francis was distressed and confused at the time according to her attorney.

Francis was shot in the head with his gun July 2, 2008 while struggling with Robin Johnson.

He was responding to a disturbance on a CTA bus at Belmont and Western.

Johnson is charged with first degree murder, but her lawyer told the jury the shooting was an accident after Francis tackled Johnson on the street.

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