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Convicted Escapee Banned from Houston County, Given 10 Years in Prison
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When Joseph Berdette Johnson, Jr, gets out of prison in 2022, he won't be coming home to Houston County. 

Part of the punishment handed down Friday by Judge Katherine K. Lumsden includes banishment from Houston County and all contiguous counties. 

After escaping almost three years ago, Johnson was sentenced to serve 10 years without parole, which he will serve concurrently with his original eight year sentence for drug charges. The original sentence carried the possibility of parole but that was before he failed to return from a weekend furlough to attend to a family matter prior to reporting to jail. 

A year and nine months later, he was caught during a traffic stop, as a passenger, when he gave Houston County Deputy Patrick Lange a false name: Jonathan Dangerfield. He was booked and his fingerprints revealed his true identity.

In a press release, Assistant District Attorney John Fowler said, "Mr. Johnson's case sends a clear message that showing up for court as ordered is critical."

Fowler prosecuted the case for the State. 

Johnson was sentenced in Houston Superior Court on one count of Escape and one count of False Statements and Writings. Both charges are felonies under the laws of the State of Georgia. He had previously pleaded guilty to the charges on May 4, 2012. 

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