Johnson Sentenced

A Dothan man accused of attacking an elementary school principal has been sentenced to half a century behind bars.

Jurors deliberated almost three hours today before finding 40-year-old Renaul 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.

Deputies had to physically restrain Johnson after the sentencing. Johnson was sentenced under a relatively new law that stiffens penalties for attacking educators.

District Attorney Doug Valeska says the case sends a message that principals and teachers in Houston County will be protected.