RELATED: Brothers sought after slaying of man helping friends change tire
Stephenson then shot Johnson, the DA said. Stephenson and Finnie ran away, while Johnson died at the scene.
Investigators said Johnson did not have a weapon when he was killed.
“Johnson was simply at the Valero location to fix a flat tire on a friend’s vehicle,” Howard said.
Johnson’s mother, Janese Hill, said the incident “left a gaping hole in our family.”
“Elliot was a loving son, father and uncle,” she said. “That hole will never be filled.”
Authorities later identified Stephenson and Finnie as suspects in the shooting. They were arrested in North Carolina in June 2018.
Stephenson and Finnie were convicted of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Stephenson was sentenced to life in prison plus five years. Finnie was ordered to spend 35 years in prison.
It’s not the first time the brothers have been in custody, records show.
Stephenson was convicted of theft by taking on charges out of Fulton County in 2012, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.
Finnie was taken into custody multiple times in Fulton County, including an arrest on drug and robbery charges in 2007 and a possession of cocaine charge in 2012, jail records show.
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The search for the shooter is underway.