Waterloo Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder

By Michelle Long

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By Michelle Long

WATERLOO - A Waterloo man will spend life in prison for first degree murder.

Thursday in court, a judge sentenced 20 year old Joseph Leo Johnson to that mandatory life sentence.

In September, a jury found Johnson guilty of first degree murder for stabbing to death 18 year old Treye Blythe from Ackley. The incident happened at a house party in Cedar Falls, in September 2006.

Police say a fight broke out when someone yelled a racial slur at Johnson.

Blythe was supposed to start classes at Hawkeye Community College the year he was killed.

According to the Black Hawk County attorney’s office, Johnson made a brief statement before the sentencing, maintaining his innocence. The victim’s grandparents and parents also made victim impact statements.

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