Man sentenced for tying up and robbing victim during escape


TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man will spend 15 years in prison after tying up a 73-year-old man while on the run from court-ordered drug rehabilitation.

David Todd Johnson of Glen was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to kidnapping, armed robbery and jail escape in Lee County Circuit Court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 50-year-old Johnson could remain imprisoned until 2050 because of prior convictions.

Prosecutors say Johnson removed an electronic ankle bracelet in 2017 and escaped from God’s House of Hope rehab center in Nettleton.

Johnson appeared at a Nettleton home seeking work to earn money. A resident gave Johnson $20 for odd jobs, but Johnson robbed the man’s father at knifepoint and duct-taped the 73-year-old to a chair, stealing a phone and pick up.

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