Former Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Ivon Johnson will plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy. Federal prosecutors filed a bill of information last week that charged Johnson accepted bribes in exchange for reducing bonds for criminal defendants. A notice filed in his case states:
Entry of guilty plea hearing set for 7/28/2016 09:30 AM in Courtroom 4A (Jackson) before District Judge Tom S. Lee (LWE)
JJ reported last week:
beginning shortly after June, 2013 and continuing until on or about February of 2016, the exact dates being unknown in the Southern District of Mississippi, the defendant, IVON JOHNSON, an agent of Hinds County, Mississippi, and others, did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together to commit an offense or offenses against the United States, to wit: Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(l)(B), that is, did corruptly solicit, demand, accept and agree to accept a thing of value from a person, intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with a transaction and series of transactions of Hinds County District Attorney's Office involving $5,000 or more...
The primary object of the conspiracy was to obtain money in exchange for favorable treatment in court proceedings in Hinds County, Mississippi..
1. IVON JOHNSON accepted money from a co-conspirator, totaling at least $15,000 throughout the conspiracy, on behalf of criminal defendants, including S.B., an individual charged with a felony offense in Hinds County, Mississippi.
2. On or about October 20, 2014, IVON JOHNSON, as an agent of the Hinds County District's Attorney Office, moved to reduce the bond amount of S.B. from approximately $15,000 to approximately $3,500 in exchange for approximately $500. Earlier post.
This is getting interesting. Stay tuned.