Man Who Attacked Defense Lawyer Makes Guilty Plea

Extra security was on hand for a guilty plea in Onslow County for a man who last year attacked a prominent Boston defense attorney.

Eben Howard was brought back to North Carolina to face the 2003 killing of his ex-wife's boyfriend in Jacksonville.

Under a plea agreement the state agreed to drop the murder charge for a plea to voluntary manslaughter. Dave Johnson was strangled on May 3, 2003 in his Richland's home.

The judge sentenced Howard to serve just over 5 to 7 years in prison.

In January 2010 attorney Jeffrey Denner was attacked by Howard in a Boston courtroom while representing the man for an assault on a correctional officer.


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  • by Sandra Location: FLORIDA on Mar 30, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    It took my mother 5-7 years to create her son that was murdered, MONEY TALKS in the Judicial system. Wait till the world finds out that the investigation wasnt completely followed thru! We were lied to and we believe this was premeditated murder because there was another party involved. SUCKS my brother was murdered! Now I have to pay taxes to support the murderer! JUSTICE4DAVE....
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    Well freaking DUH! He done this in front of everybody.What else could he do.
  • by kryptonite Location: Chocowinity, NC on Mar 29, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Why give a maniac like this a plea deal? And only 5-7 years for killing someone? This is ridiculous!!! Heinous!! Another proof that our judicial system is once more failing the communities!! I am very angry at this. And for the record, I do not know anyone involved in this crime. I would just hate to know someone killed a person in my family then they get a plea deal, and only 5-7 years (which he'll probably only pull half of). And for the record, I am a white female.....29 years old.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    That's sad that a violent person of this nature will ONLY get 5-7 in a "plea agreement" for killing someone. There is no real justice for those who have been murdered when those who are living place such a small price on the value of a life.
  • by clint on Mar 29, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    5-7 for murder? People get more than that for having a little dope. Jeeez!
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