Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Johnson sentencing rescheduled for June

Express Staff Writer

Sarah M. Johnson

The sentencing for convicted murderer Sarah M. Johnson, 18, of Bellevue, was postponed by a month when, last week, 5th District Judge Barry Wood signed an order to put it off to June 29 and June 30.

An Ada County jury convicted Johnson on March 16 of two counts of first degree murder for shooting and killing her parents in their Bellevue home in September 2003. Johnson was 16 at the time of her parents' murders. She faces up to two life terms, plus 30 years for gun enhancement charges, for the crimes.

Johnson is currently in the custody of the Madison County Women's Detention Center in Rexburg.

In his order, Wood did not explain why he postponed the sentencing. Defense attorney Bob Pangburn indicated following the ruling that he would appeal the decision, but an appeal has not yet been filed.

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