Johnson sentenced to 25 years

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 10, 2007

LINDEN &8212; Michael Johnson of Demopolis was sentenced to 25 years after being found guilty of committing domestic violence in the first degree.

According to District Attorney Greg Griggers, Johnson asked the judge for probation and was denied.

At the trial on June 14, Johnson was charged of the class A felony after the judge and jury heard the testimony of the victim, Barbara Little, who was beaten severely in the incident last May.

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Griggers said Johnson and Little were in a relationship for approximately three months. Little became unhappy with the relationship and decided to separate from Johnson. After Little would not return his phone calls, Johnson entered her home and after an altercation, proceeded to beat her severely.

The police report indicates that Johnson beat Little with his fists, an electric iron, a radio and a stool and stabbed her with a knife. The report also indicated he grabbed a hammer with the intention of continuing the assault on Little.

After the incident, Little sustained severe injuries to her left eye, which had to be replaced with a prosthesis. Her liver was also badly punctured and she had to undergo surgery to repair it.

Before the incident, Little was employed as a licensed practical nurse. Since then, she has not been able to return to work.

Officers who were at the scene of the crime also testified and provided photos of the crime scene.

Johnson had two previous charges of domestic violence in addition to rape and criminal mischief charges.