Here’s “The Love Drug” Again
Posted by Childress on July 5, 2006
Ecstasy mixed with alcohol has once again been proved the be a dangerous combination. AP reports from Kansas City MO:
Craig O. Johnson Jr. grew up as a polite boy who finished high school with good grades and sang in a church choir, his family testified. But then he developed a taste for ecstasy and alcohol.At his sentencing Friday, his attorney said that the Kansas City man was drugged and drunk when he killed a man and shot a woman in the eye. But that didn’t matter.
Jackson County Circuit Judge Edith Messina sentenced Johnson to life plus 25 years.
Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.
He was one of up to five armed, masked men who stormed into the Kansas City home of Jason Smith looking for money on Feb. 20, 2005. He shot Smith to death there in the 5400 block of Park Avenue and wounded Smith’s girlfriend, blinding her in one eye.
After that, Johnson and the others went to the home of Smith’s mother a few blocks away, demanded money and pistol-whipped her.
On Friday, Leeunice Smith was in court for the sentencing and spoke during a break.
The masked men kicked in her door, she said. “Somebody was yelling, ‘Kill her, kill her’ while they tore up my house,” she said. “I’m lucky to be here.”
From church choir to prison — with drugs in a leading role.