Court resentences Darryl Johnson to life (N.D. Ill.) - April 9, 2013
Posted on: 8/18/2014 02:53:24 PM by Kouros

On April 9, 2013, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois formally resentenced Darryl Johnson to life without possibility of release. Mr. Johnson was previously convicted and sentenced to death in 1997 for allegedly ordering the murders of two fellow gang members. The death sentence against Mr. Johnson was secured in large part based on misleading testimony from a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) witness who testified that the BOP could not securely confine Mr. Johnson in a way that prevented him from being a future danger in prison. Mr. Johnson's death sentence was vacated on December 13, 2010, pursuant to claims raised in his § 2255 motion that trial counsel were ineffective for failing to adequately challenge the government's evidence regarding future dangerousness, specifically, the BOP's alleged inability to place prisoners under strict conditions of confinement. Subsequently, the government filed notice that it would not seek the death penalty against Mr. Johnson.