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Court says Jonesboro shooter can appeal theft plea

Mitchell Johnson    Provided by Washington Co. Sheriff's Dept. Mitchell Johnson Provided by Washington Co. Sheriff's Dept.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court says Mitchell Johnson can appeal his sentence on credit card theft and identity fraud, even though he pleaded guilty to the charges.

The court on Friday cleared Johnson to appeal based on his claims that evidentiary errors came up after the plea and during his sentencing.

Johnson argues that the judge shouldn't have allowed evidence on his juvenile record during sentencing and that the 12-year sentence was too harsh.

Johnson was released in 2005 at age 21, for the 1998 massacre at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro. Johnson and fellow shooter Andrew Golden killed four students and a teacher.

Johnson has other post-release convictions and has been sentenced to a total of 22 years in prison.
      
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