Griffin man pleads guilty to domestic violence related murder

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Johnny Johnson has plead guilty to the April 17, 2017, murder of Joanne Redding, who was then identified as his fiancé.

Johnson inflicted multiple gunshot wounds upon Redding, and remained at the scene where he was taken into custody.

According to a press release issued by Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker, Johnson’s plea was entered upon the conclusion of jury selection in his trial that was to be held in Spalding County Superior Court.

Johnson plead guilty to one count of malice murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Donna Gopaul was the lead prosecutor on the case, and Chief Assistant District Attorney Marie Broder was the second prosecutor for the state.

Johnson pled guilty to shooting the victim multiple times in a neighbor’s home.

Redding’s cousin, daughter and son spoke at the plea. The right side of the courtroom was full of family members, officials said.

“Ms. Joanne was a caring, loving woman who was loved very much by her family,” said District Attorney Ben Coker. “She will be greatly missed. This resolution cannot bring her back, but we hope it will bring justice and a sense of peace. Domestic violence crimes, such as this one, destroy families. We will continue to zealously prosecute those violent offenders who commit such terrible crimes. I am proud of my office and law enforcement, and what they accomplished yesterday in court.”


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