A Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge sentenced Michael A. Johnson, 33, of Hyattsville, Md. to 115 years in prison on July 18 for death threats and more than 70 counts of domestic abuse, including stalking, reckless endangerment and multiple violations of a protective order, all aimed at Angel Williams, his ex-wife.

Under the sentence, he is to be incarcerated for 85 years, with 30 years of the sentence to be served concurrently.

He had been previously convicted for assaulting Williams in 2011. Authorities said he grabbed her by the neck. The couple divorced later that year. Johnson was incarcerated for eight months in 2011 on the assault charge and was released in January 2012.

In May 2012, Williams started receiving calls from restricted numbers, in which the caller would hang up immediately. She also received notification that someone was trying to change the passwords to her email accounts.

According to court documents, Johnson, posing as his wife, created fake online profiles inviting men to come to her house for sex.

The posting appeared on Facebook and on at least one pornographic website and included her name, address, birthdate and photos of her and three of her four children. As a result of the postings, officials said, 50 men showed up at Williams’ house looking for sex. Some even tried to break in to get to Williams, prosecutors said in court.

One respondent to an ad attempted to sexually assault of Williams’ daughters, according to local law enforcement officials.

Prosecutors said Johnson also sent offensive and threatening emails to Williams. According to WJLA, one email sent to Williams from Johnson said, “I know PG police are going to kill me after I kill you, but I’m ready for death — are you?”

Although Johnson admitted to authorities that he controlled the email accounts from which the messages came, he denied transmitting the offensive emails. Prosecutors said the messages stopped after his arrest.

Williams became so afraid at one point that she bought a shotgun for protection, once standing at the door all night in anticipation of home invasion, prosecutors said. Assistant State’s Attorney Christina T. Ropella stated in court that the woman and her children will never feel safe unless Johnson is in prison.

“He’s a dangerous man,” Ropella said. “The best way to protect them is for him to be incarcerated for as long as possible.”

Johnson had been charged with violating protective orders three times.

The latest court action resulted in Johnson’s conviction of more than 70 criminal counts including stalking, reckless endangerment and violations of a protective order.

Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Maureen M. Lamasney, during the sentencing hearing, said, “I would have to be a total idiot to think you would follow my orders when you ignored three judges before me,” Lamasney said.

Williams told WJLA, “Today represents sort of a new freedom for my family and I.”


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer