Johnson Hearing

A Dothan man sentenced to half a century behind bars for assaulting an elementary school principal will not get a new trial.

On Tuesday, Renaul Johnson claimed he deserved a new trial because the jury had not been instructed properly on the law.

Jurors deliberated almost three hours in August before finding the 40-year Johnson guilty of assault and intimidating a witness.

Prosecutors contended Johnson struck Montana Street Magnet School Principal Sandie Joyner in the face for paddling his nephew.

Judge Lawson Little sentenced Johnson to 25 years in prison on each charge. Those sentences will run consecutively.

Johnson was sentenced under a relatively new law that stiffens penalties for attacking

Judge Little denied the motion for a new trial, but the case is being appealed.