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25-year-old sentenced to 28 years after stabbing inmate, leaving man in vegetative state
 
Date: 4/22/2014
    
25-year-old sentenced to 28 years after stabbing inmate, leaving man in vegetative state

25-year-old sentenced to 28 years after stabbing inmate, leaving man in vegetative state

FLORENCE, AZ (4/22/14) – Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles announced Tuesday that Vance Johnson was sentenced to a 28 year term to be served at Arizona Department of Corrections after stabbing a fellow inmate, in Jan. 2009, resulting in the victim’s severe brain injury.

According to the Arizona DOC Criminal Investigative Report, on Jan. 11, 2009, inmates from Housing Unit 7 – Able and Baker Controls, within Arizona DOC’s Eyman Complex, were returning from evening chow when an argument, stemming from an incident earlier in the day, reignited between four individuals.

In a hallway connecting the two pods, Johnson, one of the four individuals, attacked the 48 year old victim, stabbing him twice with a makeshift knife-like instrument, which was later found by investigative teams using a plumbing snake to retrieve it from the toilet in the cell where Johnson was housed.

Source:  Pinal County Sheriff’s Office

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office charged Johnson with one count of Dangerous or Deadly Assault by a Prisoner, a class 2 Dangerous Felony and one count of Premeditated Attempted First Degree Murder, a class 2 Dangerous Felony.  The County Attorney’s Office also alleged three aggravating circumstances. 

After January’s four day trial, the 12-person jury returned a guilty verdict as to the Assault, acquitted on the Attempted First Degree Murder and found the State proved each of the three aggravating circumstances. 

On Monday, Apr. 14, Honorable Judge Georgini sentenced Johnson to 28 years, flat time.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles stated, “Ignoring crime occurring in our jails and prisons only breeds further violence and these dangerous individuals committing crimes against fellow inmates or correctional personnel no longer escape prosecution in Pinal.  For too long prosecutors in this County treated crimes arising from prison as less vital to seek justice; Johnson now has an additional and significant term to contemplate our change in policy behind bars.”

For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at jim.knupp@pinalcountyaz.gov.

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