Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Keith Washington, 51, is currently serving a 45 year sentence in connection with a 2007 shooting in his home.
Former Prince George’s County police officer Keith Washington, 51, is seeking a new trial and a reduction in sentence in connection with a 2007 shooting in his home. Washington was convicted in 2008 of shooting Brandon Clark, who was killed, and Robert White, who was wounded. The men were delivering furniture to Washington’s home when he shot them. Washington maintains he acted in self-defense, according to NBC4. Washington, who served as deputy director of the county’s Homeland Security Office under former County Executive Jack Johnson, was convicted with involuntary manslaughter, two counts of first-degree assault, and two counts of handgun use. He was sentenced to 90 years in prison, with all but 45 years suspended. His post-conviction…
Monday, April 16, 2012
A federal judge sentence James Edward Johnson to 37 months in prison for his involvement in the Prince George's County corruption scandal that took down former County Executive Jack Johnson.
The former director of the county's housing department was sentenced to 37 months in prison Monday in a Greenbelt federal courthouse for his role in a pay-to-play scandal in Prince George's County, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. James Edward Johnson, 67, of Temple Hills, served as the director of the county's Department of Housing and Community Development starting in September 2009. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit extortion during his time as director through October 2010. In his role, Johnson decided which developers would receive federal grant money from within the HOME Investment Partnerships program to “fund the construction, purchase and/or rehabilitation of affordable housing for …
Friday, March 9, 2012
The former councilwoman convicted of conspiracy starts her sentence in a West Virginia prison Friday.
Former Prince George's County councilwoman Leslie Johnson headed to a West Virginia prison Friday to start her year-and-a-day-long sentence, ABC7 reports. Johnson pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy for her role in a corruption scheme lead by her husband, former county executive Jack Johnson, who is currently serving his sentence in a North Carolina prison. She is infamously known for stuffing cash into her bra after being directed to do so by her husband, while they were being wiretapped by federal investigators.
Former Prince George’s County executive still receives a $50,000 annual pension while in prison.
Two weeks after former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson began serving an 87-month prison sentence, he continues to draw a paycheck for work he did while in office. A Prince George’s County spokesperson confirmed that Johnson, who last year pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and witness evidence tampering charges, is receiving $50,000 annually from a pension fund. Due to a loophole in state law, Johnson is set to receive the pension for life, according to reports. Do you think Johnson should receive his pension? Should lawmakers do something to close the loophole? Let us know in the comments section below.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The former Prince George's County Executive must start his federal prison term in North Carolina Saturday.
Time has run out for former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson to remain a free man. Johnson is scheduled to begin his 87-month sentence in federal prison today, Feb. 18, in Butner, NC, Jeffrey Harding, one of Johnson’s attorneys told The Washington Post. Johnson and his wife, Leslie, were both indicted on federal charges in November 2010. Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and witness evidence tampering after admitting he accepted cash, airfare and other gifts in exchange for changing laws and results of inspections in May 2011 and his wife pleaded guilty to detroying evidence, after she infamously stuffed $79,000 in her underwear and tried flushing a $100,000 check down the toliet. She later resigned from her …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Former Prince George's County Executive sees his prison term delayed for two weeks.
The countdown to the former Prince George's County Executive's lockdown has been delayed by two weeks, according to reports. Jack Johnson was sentenced in December to serve seven years and three months in a North Carolina federal prison for corruption charges. He was scheduled this week to turn himself in but the federal Bureau of Prisons has yet to complete its evaluation and placement plans for Johnson, according to The Washington Post.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Former county executive can never practice law in Maryland again.
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson cannot practice law in the state, according to WUSA9. Johnson was arrested in Nov. 2010 for accepting bribes in return for political favors. Johnson was sentenced to 87 months in federal prision in December, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and evidence tampering.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
A roundup of coverage from the past week.
Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, former County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson were sentenced for a pay-to-play scheme. Jack Johnson was sentenced to more than seven years, and Leslie Johnson was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Meanwhile, College Park honored Jack Perry, who served as city councilman for 26 years. There was a reception held Tuesday in the Council Chambers, where residents, local leaders and Perry family members showed up to thank him. We have some great photos from the weekend's Santa Fly-in at the College Park Airport. Speaking of Santa, were you at the Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday? If so, share your photos for a chance to see them on Patch. Email them to Shannon.Hoffman@…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Live at the United States District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland for the sentencing of former County Executive Jack B. Johnson.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The former county executive faces sentencing Tuesday morning for years of bribery scheming.
It was a Friday in November 2010 when Prince George’s County was shaken by the arrest of sitting County Executive Jack B. Johnson. He and his wife were charged in federal court for tampering with evidence and attempting to destroy a bribe check. That was the tip of the iceberg. Johnson faces sentencing Tuesday morning for orchestrating a years-long pay-to-play scheme throughout his two terms in office. Johnson accepted up to $1 million in kickbacks from developers and others in the county to whom he delivered favors, as detailed in the sentencing document by federal prosecutors. Johnson faces as many as 14 years in prison, according to The Washington Post. His crimes are worthy of substantial prison time, according to federal prosecutors. …