Sullivan County murder suspect gets 20 years after guilty plea


BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) — A Sullivan County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder.

Johnny Royston Jr. received his sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Royston was charged with the 2017 shooting death of 44-year-old Rowdy Yates. He was captured after a three-day manhunt.

The Sullivan County district attorney’s office says Royston was also sentenced to an additional 25 years of probation for other crimes committed.

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