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Former commune member cleared in shooting

/ Source: The Associated Press

A woman has been cleared of all charges in the shooting of the founder of a Staten Island commune.

Rebekah Johnson was charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing six shots as Jeff Gross begged for his life.

Johnson's attorney says she is the real victim. He says Johnson joined the commune as a young woman, and had been manipulated and mentally damaged by its leaders over two decades.

Johnson had been a fugitive for a year after the shooting. She had been featured five times on FOX's "America's Most Wanted."