WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a man who was charged in connection with the death of a D.C. school principal has been killed during a robbery attempt.

Police say Joel Johnson, 21, died Wednesday in the 4200-block of First Street in southeast Washington. Police say Johnson and another man were armed when they tried to rob a couple in their apartment. Authorities say a struggle ensued and Johnson was shot.

Johnson had played a role in the killing of junior high school principal Brian K. Betts two years ago in Silver Spring. He had taken a deal and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office says Johnson was sentenced to five years in prison with all but 18 months suspended and was freed in April 2011.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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