Dayton man sentenced to 37 years in prison for killing 1-year-old

Shawn Smith will spend 37 years to life in prison for shooting death of 1-year-old Elijah Johnson. (WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton man convicted of murder for his role in a shooting that left a 1-year-old dead was sentenced Monday afternoon.

Shawn Smith will spend 37 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Elijah Johnson. Investigators said Johnson was caught in the crossfire of a gun battle on Queens Avenue in Dayton in January 2016.

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In court, Smith made a statement to the family. Johnson’s mother also spoke.

Smith was convicted in March for murder, felonious assault and weapons charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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