Man who killed woman, dumped body on I-77 in Cleveland is eligible for parole after 19 years

Deandra Chisolm sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Darnesha Johnson.
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 7:47 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2022 at 1:25 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The man convicted of fatally shooting a woman and dumping her body along I-77 in Cleveland faced a judge for sentencing on Tuesday.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg sentenced Deandra Chisholm to life in prison with parole eligibility after 19 years.

Chisholm pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, and one count of gross abuse of a corpse.

Investigators said Chisholm shot and killed Darnesha Johnson while she was driving on I-77 in March 2021. He then dumped her body on the interstate near the Woodland Avenue exit ramp and fled from the scene in Johnson’s vehicle.

The 26-year-old woman was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds to her head and neck.

The victim’s family was upset that Chisolm did not appear in court during the sentencing instead appearing via video conference.

Even then as the sentencing moved on, Chisolm moved out of view of the camera until all that was visible was his left shoulder.

Prosecutors made a point of mentioning Chisolm’s actions to Judge Synenberg before she read the sentence into the record.

Johnson’s mother, Cynthia Austin, spoke before the sentencing and told the judge that the family would never be the same.

“I cry every day, there’s not one day I don’t dry about her, my heart has been broken and will never heal again,” she said.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service found Chisholm days after he shot Johnson hiding in the attic of a Meyer Avenue home in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

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