Co-defendant in attempted murder case sentenced


La Plata, MD - A woman convicted of second-degree assault in February will face 60 days in jail after sentencing in Charles County Circuit Court Friday, June 19.

Patricia Lynn Johnson, 52 of Waldorf  was convicted along with her partner, Kenny Earl Morris, 56 of Waldorf Friday, Feb. 6.

Morris was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and wearing and carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure.

He will be sentenced later this month.

Johnson’s attorney, Vincent Palumbo, asked that she be spared jail time because she would lose her job as a teacher in Charles County if she faced incarceration.

Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West told Johnson that he felt she “hadn’t been exactly truthful” when she testified in the trial earlier this year.

Morris and Johnson were defendants in a case where the victim, Tyrone Jeter, was stabbed in the neck multiple times during a violent assault in Waldorf Jan. 31, 2014.

Jeter testified he was stabbed multiple times by the defendant Morris, and was also assaulted by Johnson during the attack over a parking space at the town house complex where they lived three doors down from each other.

Johnson testified under oath that she never saw a knife during the argument between the two men, despite Jeter's testimony that the knife broke off in his neck and that he later removed the blade himself.

West sentenced Johnson to 10 years, suspending all but 60 days, and placed her on five years of supervised probation. 

Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman told the judge following the trial in February that, “The verdict speaks loudly that the jury obviously did not believe Ms. Johnson’s testimony.”

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