60 years for ‘back porch’ drug dealer

Accusations include attempt to ‘silence’ sex assault victim, witness

Kenneth Ray Johnson was charged with selling drugs from the large back porch of his residence, 526 Rice Street, just north of Belton Avenue. Kenneth Ray Johnson was charged with selling drugs from the large back porch of his residence, 526 Rice Street, just north of Belton Avenue. A 35-year-old Rockdale man, accused of selling cocaine from the back porch of his Rockdale home, 526 Rice, has accepted a plea bargain in 20th District Court and drew a 60-year prison sentence Friday from Judge John Youngblood.

Last month, Kenneth Ray Johnson pleaded guilty to four charges of cocaine delivery, two first-degree felonies, a second degree felony and a state jail felony.

According to Josh Borderud, assistant prosecutor, a total of 10 felony charges were pend ing against Johnson. The cour t heard what investigators said were attempts to “silence” the victim in a sex assault and a witness in the cocaine delivery cases.

PLEA—A jury trial had been scheduled in June, but Johnson pleaded guilty to the four drug charges on the morning his trial was supposed to begin.

Evidence on the 10 felony charges was heard during the punishment phase, according to Borderud.

The court heard testimony that Johnson had sexually assaulted his 15-yearold step-daughter in 2009, and that he planned to silence her after she went to the police, Borderud said.

“In October 2010, while out on bond for the sexual assault, a search warrant of Johnson’s home produced a felony amount of crack cocaine,” Borderud said.

BACK PORCH—“In late August and early September, 2011, while out on bond again, Johnson sold cocaine on the back porch of his home in Rockdale on four separate occasions,” Borderud continued.

Videos which prosecutors said showed these transactions were admitted into evidence, and played for the judge.

“ The v ideos showed t hat Johnson knowingly took stolen copper and cash in exchange for crack cocaine,” according to Borderud.

“Finally, an intercepted letter sent by Johnson from the Milam County Jail was read to the court, which instructed a prisoner at the Bartlett State Jail to harm the witness in the delivery of cocaine cases,” Borderud said.

THANKS—Prosecutor Kerry Spears’ office expressed appreciation to Milam Çounty Shersifying iff’s Department Investigator Mike Clore, the Rockdale Police Department and the Department of Public Safety for their work in the Johnson case.

In addition to the 60-year term, Johnson drew sentences of 20 and two years on the other charges.

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