Elizabeth Johnson to be sentenced Friday
The 24-year-old mother convicted October 18 of unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, and conspiracy to commit custodial interference in the disappearance of her then seven-month old baby Gabriel Johnson will be sentenced Friday. She faces two to nine years in prison but may be released tomorrow because she receives time-served credit for the nearly three years she has already spent behind bars.
Johnson had an ongoing dispute with Gabriel’s husband, Logan McQueary, and took her baby with her from Arizona to Texas. Johnson was ultimately found in Florida and Gabriel was nowhere to be found. According to testimony from officers during trial, the emotionally distraught mother changed her story several times. She initially sent awful test messages to McQueary, telling him that she suffocated their baby until he turned blue, stuffed his body into a diaper bag and threw him in a dumpster. She later told authorities that she gave her baby away to a couple she met at a park in San Antonio, and then once again altered her story to say she gave her baby away to the same couple but in a San Antonio motel room.
Johnson was acquitted of the most serious charge, kidnapping, but was still found guilty of several felonies and may face much more jail time.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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