Mitchell Johnson To Be Sentenced Thursday

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - On New Year's Eve of 2007 Mitchell Johnson and friend Justin Trammel were pulled over outside a gas station in Fayetteville.

After a search of the van they were driving, police found weapons and marijuana, and Johnson was taken into custody.

In February of this year we came face to face with Johnson for the first time outside the Federal Building in Fayetteville where he was found guilty of being a user of or being addicted to marijuana while in possession of a firearm.

Those charges stripped away his right to own or handle a weapon, and officially made him a registered felon.

"This can never make up for anything that's done in the past. This is another starting point. This is an adult felony, and it goes to make sure he can not possess another firearm in the future. That's the most important thing, is that this man does not have firearms," said Assistatn U.S. Attorney Candace Taylor right after the verdict came down.

While the U.S. Attorney's office had successfully convicted Johnson, things would hit another bump in the road just a few days later, when he was arrested again for more marijuana possession, and this time the use of a debit cart that was left at the convenient store where he worked.

With one felony already under his belt, these charges would add even more to be taken into consideration by the judge come sentencing.

"Anything that occurs during that time period will be considered by the court in determining what the sentence, what the appropriate sentence should be," said 8th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Brent Davis.

That sentence really all depends at this point on the additional charges.

Johnson was already facing up to 10 years in prison for his first set of charges, but the second set could add up to 30 more years in prison, plus fines of up to 25-thousand dollars.

Johnson is set to appear for his sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Region 8's Will Carter will be back in Fayetteville and will have the outcome here on and on the air at 5, 6, and 10.

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