Mitchell Johnson Indicted on Federal Weapons Charge

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - A man who served time as a boy in juvenile detention for the Jonesboro school shootings of a teacher and four students was back in court today on a federal weapons charge in Fayetteville.

Mitchell Johnson appeared before a federal magistrate on one count of possession of a firearm while either a user or addicted to a controlled substance.  That's according to Debbie Groom, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Arkansas.

Johnson pleaded not guilty and was released on $5,000 bond.  The judge restricted Johnson's travel to Washington and Benton counties and placed him under the monitoring of the U.S. Probation Office.

Johnson and Andrew Golden were convicted in the 1998 shootings at Westside Middle School, just west of Jonesboro, in which four students and a teacher were killed.

A trial date is set for December 3, and the magistrate also ordered Johnson to have no contact with Justin Trammell.  Johnson faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Johnson was stopped in January while riding with Trammell, who also was convicted while a juvenile of killing his father with a crossbow.  Police said the two were roommates in Fayetteville.

During the traffic stop, Trammell, who was driving Johnson's van, was given a ticket and Johnson was cited for having marijuana and a firearm.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)