Westside Shooter Faces September Sentencing for Weapons Charge

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Mitchell Johnson, who as a boy helped shoot and kill four students and a teacher during a schoolyard ambush at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro, faces a September 4 sentencing hearing in Fayetteville on a federal weapons charge.

Johnson, who turns 24 today, faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing.  Prosecutors cited a little-used federal law to convict Johnson in January, saying he possessed a 9-mm handgun while also being a user of or addicted to a controlled substance.

Johnson is being held in the Benton County Jail without bond after being arrested on state charges of using a stolen credit card.

The hearing before U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

In 1998, Johnson, then 13 years old, and Andrew Golden, then 11 years old, shot at students and teachers at Westside Middle School after Golden pulled a fire alarm.  The boys killed English teacher Shannon Wright and four students...11-year-old Natalie Brooks, 12-year-old Paige Herring, 12-year-old Stephanie Johnson, and 11-year-old Brittney Varner.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)