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Date: 05-31-2023

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United States of America v. Gerald Wayne Johnson

Case Number: 0:22-cr-00135

Judge: Michael J. Davis

Court: United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (Hennepin County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis

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Description: Minneapolis, Minnesota criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with involuntary manslaughter.

On the morning of November 6, 2021, Gerald Wayne Johnson, 27, was driving a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger in the front seat. Johnson was driving above 90 miles per hour on a public road which had a posted speed limit of 20 miles per hour. While speeding and driving recklessly, Johnson lost control and crashed the vehicle into a nearby tree. Johnson’s passenger died from her injuries caused by the crash. Johnson’s blood was drawn, and his blood alcohol content was determined to be .224.

Johnson pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis to one count of involuntary manslaughter. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Red Lake Police Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph S. Teirab is prosecuting the case.

18 U.S.C. 1112 provides:

(a) Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice. It is of two kinds:

Voluntary—Upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion.

Involuntary—In the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony, or in the commission in an unlawful manner, or without due caution and circumspection, of a lawful act which might produce death.
(b) Within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States,

Whoever is guilty of voluntary manslaughter, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both;

Whoever is guilty of involuntary manslaughter, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

Outcome: 05/31/2023 47 Release Status Report to the Court as to Gerald Wayne Johnson. (JDP) (Entered: 05/31/2023)
05/31/2023 48 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Michael J. Davis: Change of Plea Hearing as to Gerald Wayne Johnson held on 5/31/2023. Guilty as to Count 1 of the Indictment; PSR ordered; Defendant is released on pretrial conditions. (Court Reporter Brittany Blesener) (GRR) (Entered: 05/31/2023)
05/31/2023 49 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Gerald Wayne Johnson (kt) (Entered: 06/01/2023)

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