Westside Killer Not Coming Home

August 19, 2005--Posted at 5:00 pm CDT

Jonesboro, AR--Law enforcement is already prepared for the release of Mitchell Johnson from a federal detention center inMemphis. 


 Johnson was found guilty in the shooting deaths of five people at Westside Middle School.  Johnson was thirteen years old when it happened.

After convicted, Johnson was sentenced to be in state custody until he was eighteen years old.  He was then moved to federal custody until his twenty-first birthday, that birthday is this Thursday.

Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann was just a deputy officer at the time of the shootings, but he says he remembers them well.  He tells K8News that he has been in contact with the family voicing his concerns and trying to make sure everything runs smoothly upon Johnson’s release. 


“I have made contact with his mother,” McCann Says,  “She has assured me Mitchell Johnson is not coming back to this area and that is I think the best thing for people in this community and for him.”

A weekend story in Little Rock quoted Johnson’s mother Gretchen Woodard as saying Johnson would be living about a days drive away from the region.  Woodward still lives in Jonesboro with her husband and two children.