Crime

Charlotte man sentenced to life in prison for 2007 murder

Bobby Johnson
Bobby Johnson Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office

A Charlotte man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday, after a jury found him guilty in the 2007 fatal shooting of Anita Jean Rychlik at a North Tryon Street motel.

Bobby Johnson, 41, and two men who already pleaded guilty in the case were arrested in 2011 after DNA evidence linked Johnson to the shooting at the Thrift Motel, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.

In the early morning hours of May 2, 2007, Johnson went to the motel with Antonio Chaney and Joshua Chaney to commit a robbery, prosecutors said.

Witnesses told police three suspects approached the motel’s security guard – Rychlik’s husband – and pistol whipped him before entering the room he shared with his wife.

When the men entered the apartment, they struck Anita Rychlik, 45, numerous times before she was shot in the back of her neck, prosecutors said.

The Chaneys testified at Johnson’s trial, which started on Sept. 28, and will be sentenced later.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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