Today in Broome County Court, Craig Johnson, Jr., of Endicott, New York, pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree and Arson
in the Second Degree. The defendant was scheduled for a jury trial beginning on
Monday, June 9, 2008. The defendant is scheduled for sentencing on September 17,
2008. and will receive a state prison sentence of 20-years-to-life, As part of the plea
agreement, the defendant waived his appeal rights.
On December 22, 2006, the defendant entered the apartment of Joseph Trottier at 33 Jackson Avenue in the Village of Endicott, Broome County, New York, Inside the apartment, the defendant strangled Mr. Trottier to death and then set the body on fire.
At the time the defendant set the body on fire, another resident, in a different apartment, was present inside the building. The investigation was conducted by members of the Endicott Police Department and New York State Police.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Benjamin K, Bergman.