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Harnett inmate found guilty in attempted rape of prison sergeant

Posted August 29, 2008

— A Harnett County prisoner was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Wednesday in the attempted rape of a prison sergeant.

Robert Donnell Johnson Jr., 41, was found guilty of attempted first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

Johnson was already serving a life sentence and could have become eligible for parole, said Victoria Hardin, an assistant district attorney for Harnett County. Hardin said Johnson lost any chance of parole after the attack of the female prison sergeant in February 2007.

Johnson went into the sergeant’s office asking for a coat hanger, but instead pushed the woman into a bathroom – causing the woman to hit her head on the toilet, Hardin said. The toilet was moved from its base during the incident.

The woman’s foot was also injured and she received a cut on her chest, Harden said.


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  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Aug 29, 2008

    Death sentence.

  • NZ Aug 29, 2008

    The United States Criminal Justice system is a joke. Crime is worse in prison than it is outside. With energy depletion the United States can ill afford to continue its Criminal Justice system in its current form.

    We should decriminalize drugs and prostitution and at the same time tighten up our criminal justice system by using corporal punishment for other kinds of crimes. Violent armed robbery, rape, and other like crimes including high dollar economic crimes should merit death penalties with organ harvesting and residual tissue converted into biofuel.

    Our government will not be able to guarantee life sentences when gas prices climb to economy ending levels. What is going to happen to prisoners then? Will they simply release all convicts when we can't afford to feed and house them.

    Most lower level offenses should be dealt with alternatively without stigmatizing folks with the felon label.

    Heavy on freedom, heavy on punishment. End the Criminal Justice Industry.

  • teacher-mom Aug 29, 2008

    I am glad the correction's officer is okay. I guess when you have life in prison you have nothing to lose. He could have gotten parole? He will not get it now.

  • Tax Man Aug 29, 2008

    Glad to see they nailed him. Enjoy the rest of your life!