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October 03, 2019

New Orleans Man Accused of Killing 'Family Hustle' Star Toya Wright's Brothers Gets Sentenced to Life in Prison

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A New Orleans judge has sentenced the man who reportedly killed Toya Wright’s brothers to life imprisonment.

As Nola.com reported, Antoine "Tweezy" Edwards, 34, appeared before Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier for his sentencing on Monday, September 30.

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Edwards is accused of fatally shooting Toya’s brothers Ryan "Rudy" Johnson, 24, and Joshua Johnson, 31, in the 7th Ward of New Orleans on July 31, 2016.

Still To Come: Toya and the entire family also broke down in tears as they visited

Prosecutors with the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office reportedly said Edwards killed the brothers following an argument. The late brothers’ relatives were present in court. They stayed silent but reportedly sighed with relief as Edwards was sentenced.

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According to the outlet, Edwards was convicted on September 12 on two counts of second-degree murder. More than one witness testified to seeing Edwards in the vicinity right before the 2016 shooting and one woman also claimed to have heard him confessing to the crime.

Edwards' defense attorney Juan Fiol reportedly accused the witnesses of being paid informants, drug addicts, and liars, making the same argument at the Monday sentencing.

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During the proceedings, Edwards also asked for a new trial that was immediately denied by the judge Flemings-Davillier.

Per HNHH, on July 31, 2016, Toya’s brothers were found deceased while sitting in a car that was reportedly still running. An investigation led authorities to Edwards who witnesses claimed was seen running away from the murder scene.

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Prosecutors alleged that Edwards killed the brothers after a trip to buy marijuana from him went wrong. He allegedly took offense that Ryan and Joshua used the front door of his "trap house" where he dealt other drugs including cocaine, instead of the back.

Toya, 35, shared a close bond with her brothers and continues to mourn their loss. In August of 2018, the reality star paid tribute to Ryan and Joshua, sharing several pictures of the duo to her Instagram page and saying a prayer to help her come to terms with the tragedy.

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Late last year, during an emotional episode of "T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle," Toya and the entire family also broke down in tears as they visited the late brothers’ graves.

Hopefully, the life imprisonment sentence for Edwards provides some closure for the family.

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