For Immediate Release 2/24/2015
Carl Johnson pled guilty Tuesday morning to several burglary and theft related charges. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Johnson has numerous theft and burglary related convictions on his criminal record, and was out on parole for a previous burglary when he was arrested last year.
As a condition of Johnson’s plea agreement, he must serve at least 5 years before he is eligible to petition the court for a transfer to a supervised drug treatment program.
Lindsay Keipper, the prosecutor in this case, says that the agreement is a balance of both punishment and rehabilitation.
“We know that for the next five years [Johnson] won’t commit any more burglaries,” Keipper said. “But on the flip side he’s non-violent, and has an opportunity to be assessed by a health professional to determine if he does have a drug problem— which will allow him the opportunity to get help straightening out his life.”
Johnson was linked to a string of burglaries in Mt. Vernon, Bolton Hill, Mid-Town Belvedere, and Madison Park in July, 2014. A number of City residents reported electronic items such as laptops, game consoles, tablets and computers missing from their homes.
On July 25th, 2014 authorities executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence and found stolen electronics underneath Johnson’s bed along with a garbage bag full of power cords.
“These are the types of outcomes residents need to see. They need to know that we’re addressing the quality of life issues that all City residents face, in an effort to make Baltimore a safer and more enjoyable place to live.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
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