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Kansas City woman to serve 2 years probation for involvement in Lawrence crime spree

September 27, 2011

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A Douglas County judge Tuesday sentenced a 21-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman to serve two years on probation for her role in a December crime spree in Lawrence.

Ashley C. Johnson had pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit robbery and misdemeanor theft in September as prosecutors alleged she drove a vehicle the night of Dec. 28 as two co-defendants committed robberies in Lawrence. They also accused Johnson of stealing a Lawrence woman’s bank card earlier at It’s Brothers, 1105 Mass.

Johnson on Tuesday said during the six months she’s spent in jail she had been not using drugs or alcohol, which had contributed to her behavior. She said she would live with her grandparents and work to follow terms of her probation.

“As long as she can stay clean and keep out of trouble she can be part of her children’s lives,” her defense attorney Karan Thadani said.

Prosecutors say Johnson that night was with two co-defendants who were arrested earlier this month on charges related to that night.

Raymond Cortez Morgan, 27, Michael A. Howard, 20, both of Kansas City, Kan., are accused of robbing a 20-year-old Lawrence man at gunpoint late on Dec. 28 in the 300 block of West 12th Street, and Howard is accused of injuring a 22-year-old female Kansas University student and robbing her of her purse hours later on Dec. 29 in the 800 block of Tennessee Street.

Johnson is expected to testify at the Oct. 21 preliminary hearing for the two men. Howard during an earlier court appearance denied being in Lawrence before.

District Judge Michael Malone ordered Johnson to pay $934 restitution in the case and said if she’s successful her probation term could be cut short.

“You’re young. You seem to have a new motivation,” Malone said, “and hopefully that would happen.”

Comments

consumer1 3 years, 2 months ago

"Johnson on Tuesday said during the six months she’s spent in jail she had been not using drugs or alcohol, which had contributed to her behavior." A big round of applause for Saint Asley Johnson. She has seen the light!!

The plea of the "Drugs made me do it" is so weak. What made you do it was bad raising, wrong friends, lack of responsibility, and absolutely no honor or respect for yourself or anyone else.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 3 years, 2 months ago

It's a little presumptuous to blame it on "bad raising". We've all probably seen kids go wrong that have stellar parents.

kimk 3 years, 2 months ago

Can we please have a study done of how often Charles Brasons office gives probation to the white female codefendent, while he does everything in his power to send her minority male codefendants to prison. It seems like that happens in almost every story I read in this newspaper.

somebodynew 3 years, 2 months ago

"Johnson on Tuesday said during the six months she’s spent in jail she had been not using drugs or alcohol, which had contributed to her behavior."

Well, DoH. While not impossible in jail, I would hope she didn't have access to drugs and/or alcohol while in Dg Co Jail. If she did there needs to be another investigation. How is she going to do when she is out and drugs and alcohol are plentiful???

I have always found that it is easy for people to claim to have found God and stay sober when locked up.

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