- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Hinds County assistant district attorney has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection to allegations he had taken money in exchange for lowering a criminal defendant’s bond.

After waiving his right to an indictment and counsel, opting to represent himself, Ivon Johnson pleaded guilty Thursday to a single count alleging that he had accepted at least $15,000 from an unnamed person identified as a co-conspirator from 2013 to 2016. The money was given to Johnson on behalf of criminal defendants, who included an individual identified as “S.B.”

According to the affidavit against Johnson, in October of 2014, Johnson reduced S.B.’s bond from $15,000 to $3,500 in exchange for $300.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/2aAVbJa) Johnson’s sentencing is expected to take place in October. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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