Juvenile suspect identified in January 1 murder


Tyree Denyel Johnson, 17, has been charged with second-degree murder for the January 1 shooting of 21-year-old Kiontaya Presley.

According to information filed by State Attorney Brian Kramer, the shooting was “imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, by using a handgun to shoot Kiontaya Lamar Presley in the back.” Presley was shot in the 500 block of SW 68th Terrace on the afternoon of January 1.

Johnson was originally booked into the Alachua County Jail as an adult on January 11, after charges were filed in a different case, alleging that he conspired with Presley to commit second-degree murder “by planning, agreeing, and traveling to shoot someone in retaliation for the murder of Kionne Atkins.” Atkins was killed at Copeland Park in Alachua on October 10, 2021.

Johnson is being held on $1,250,000 bail.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Another one of Poes and company children’s.
    Let’s lable this as gun violence..not thug ass wanna be POS violence

  • Lock up his parent, parents (not likely) as he is a lost soul now and an incarcerated burden to the taxpayers.
    Our government needs to stop incentivizing more children.

  • I’m surprised the local lawyers and judges didn’t let the 17-yo continue to blossom into the money train of tax-funded court gravy he could still be, for another ten years.

  • This is child that has been brought to struggle by a failed system of justice and equality. Yes, media, softies and his culture are what brought him where he will be a wasted life at great expense. We need to do better for the children. He wasn’t born that way.

    • So you blame the system and not the parents…so i guess this pos is now the victim..

  • Life is filled with a series of choices, some are good, some bad, some wise and some unwise. As the knight in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” would say, “He chose poorly.”

    Society didn’t force him to make the choice. A white person didn’t force him to make the choice. A black person didn’t force him to make the choice.

    He made his choice and he chose poorly.

    • Enough is enough! Where is the Chief of Police?
      Where is the Sheriff? Where is the SAO? Where are
      The city & county commissioners? There needs to be
      Zero tolerance on this carrying of guns by felons!!!
      They need to use those social justice mural monies
      And put up “ use a gun and your done, 10,20, life”
      Billboards on the east side of town…this is more black
      On black crime…it’s not because of slavery 150 years
      Ago or systemic racism. Maybe Desantis needs to
      Have the legislature force the SAO to triple the current
      Penalty for using a gun in a crime…enough of this
      Revolving door crap.

      • They can’t keep panhandlers out of street medians,
        We take released prisoners from everywhere to
        Our county at Grace, they want to give free housing
        And a stipend to ex-cons to build back better…what a poorly run city. It’s the city managers fault. This new
        City manager needs to clean up the streets of trash & litter, they need to get panhandlers out of medians,
        They need to keep the trespassing bums sleeping
        Around town back at graces primitive camping.
        With those American rescue funds, the city manager
        Should put the homeless to work instead of making
        Our city look like an eyesore… start demanding the
        City manager to do something…what an ineffective interim city manager…what the F is wrong with our
        City commission? They are out of the liberal commie
        Collective minds!

      • Bull, you aren’t keeping up. The Chief of police is the COO, whetever that is. The SAO is very busy making plea deals to stay above 94% cases don’t go to trail. I think you know the rest. Same as it ever was…

    • No regrets are wrong choices in your life? Are you white priviledged as I am. Try to walk in someone else’s shoes. Love not hate. Help not blame.

      • 🤔🤨 Was your statement supposed to make sense?
        Are you implying that it is a wrong choice if you have no regrets?
        That you & all other non black people have white privilege?
        You have walked in someone else’s shoes?
        Love not hate – what? The person or the offense?
        Help who and place blame where?

        • Wow. I see why you didn’t post your name. Talk about making no sense, I can’t figure out what your point is. Pay closer attention to my remarks before you start gibberish without even a basic understanding of the English language.

          • Good morning.
            Well at least that makes sense. If you didn’t understand my inquiry to your earlier comment my apologies. Maybe you should redefine “basic understanding” as well as “comprehension.”

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