Johnson Sentenced to 16 Years Behind Bars

By: Lauren Davis
By: Lauren Davis

The Houston County man convicted of killing two teenage girls last January in a car accident was denied probation.

Officers placed handcuffs on 20-year-old Wellborn Pate Johnson after Judge Jerry White denied his request for probation.

Judge White sentenced Johnson to 16 years in prison after Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and one assault charge.

On January 13th, 2006, an intoxicated Wellborn Pate Johnson hit a vehicle head on, killing 14-year-old Kimberly Dawn Rabon and 14-year-old Artia Marie Scoggin and injuring a third girl.

Johnson's family members took the witness stand Wednesday to attest to Johnson’s 180 degree turnaround from drugs and alcohol.

The victim's family members sat and cried.

Then, Johnson himself stood up and apologized to the victim's families.

However, in the end, Johnson’s friends and families' testimonies and his apology weren't enough to sway Judge White to give him probation.

Johnson hugged his wife and held her one last time before he headed off to prison for 16 years.

Johnson's 16 year sentence was a plea bargain. If Johnson had gone to trial by jury, he was looking at 220 years behind bars.

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