Jack is coming back.

Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson is scheduled to be released from custody, after serving more than five years in Federal prison for one of the most highly publicized corruption cases in the state, on June 10. Johnson, who continues to profess his innocence, has filed a motion to have his conviction overturned.

After serving more than five years of a seven year prison sentence in Federal prison for corruption charges, former County Executive Jack B. Johnson is scheduled to be released from jail. (Courtesy Photo)

Johnson pleaded guilty in 2011 to taking more than $1 million in bribes in exchange for contracts and other favors after being seen on tape taking cash. He told the AFRO, during an interview for a book in 2012, that he took the plea deal to protect his family, including his son. His wife Leslie, who was a member of the county council at the time, was forced to resign her seat and served a 13-month term for tampering with evidence.

While Johnson has not made any public appearances, he reportedly received a heroes’ welcome and standing ovation while attending a church service at Faith Temple No. 1 in Capitol Heights, Md. and at his home church of Greater Mount Nebo AME Church in Bowie, Md.

Johnson, 68, served most of his 87-month term, which was reduced for good behavior, at Butner Correctional Institution near Durham in North Carolina. It was far less than the 14-year term requested by prosecutors. He remains on home confinement after being moved from the federal prison in Cumberland, Md. to a halfway house near Baltimore last December. A prison spokesman said Johnson will be on supervised release for three years.

Johnson, who followed former Federal Judge Alexander Williams as the second Black State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County in history, served as county executive from 2002 until 2010 when he was arrested and convicted.

The news derailed the political aspirations of Johnson, who was privately considering a run for Maryland governor.

“I’m glad he is home,” said Wilbert Wilson, a close friend and former confidant who said he plans to speak to Johnson, soon. “I think our community will welcome him home. This is his home and he and his family has a lot of friends here in the county. He has a lot to offer and I believe he can help to cultivate the next generation of politicians especially with the lousy bunch of elected officials that we have now in office. It would be ludicrous not to take advantage of his knowledge of his success and the mistakes he has made. I think it is a tragedy what happened to him and his inner-circle.”

County Executive Rushern Baker III, a fellow member of Omega Psi Phi, who followed Johnson and ran two contentious races against him told the Washington Post that he welcomed Johnson back to the community.

“One of the things we’re doing a lot of in this administration is returning citizens who were incarcerated back to the community and helping them get their lives back on track,” Baker told the Washington Post. “You want to make sure people have a second chance, and he’s no different.”

Some say they believe that Johnson could make a Marion Barry type comeback if he gets his legal issues resolved. He was disbarred following his conviction and county rules prohibit felons from holding elected office.

“Never say never,” Charles McNeill, president of the National Baptist Convention DC & Vicinity, told the AFRO. “Black folk are very forgiving folk. Jesus rose from the dead. Maybe Jack Johnson will do the same. There are a lot of people especially in churches who still love him and think he was railroaded.”